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We the undersigned urge you to immediately cancel the EPAs proposed Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study (CHEERS) in Duval County, Florida. Incredibly, this pesticide industry-funded study would use infants and children as guinea pigs for pesticide testing. While we were glad to learn of EPAs recent decision to postpone this misguided effort, we now call upon you to permanently abandon this project.

Scientific evidence already indicates, for example, that the risk of childhood leukemia is from 9 to 11.4 times greater for children who live in homes where pesticides are applied, compared to those living where no home and garden pesticides were applied. Another study found that home use of insecticide foggers results in a 10.8 times higher risk of brain tumors in children. Yet another found that children with early persistent asthma were ten times more likely to have been exposed to herbicides and insecticides before the end of their first year.

A genuine public health approach as well as common sense tells us that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At the very least, this means that EPA should not be dangling cash prizes, camcorders and commemorative baby bibs to persuade parents to expose their children to harmful chemicals, especially in low-income families like those targeted in the Florida plan.

We the undersigned call on EPA to:

1. Permanently cancel the CHEERS study;
2. Either return the industry-provided funding, or redirect it to pesticide exposure prevention efforts; and
3. Refocus on its duty to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children.

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  • 20 February 20161000. Christopher Ms
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 2016999. Sherry F
    It is difficult to believe that any scientific study of merit would, after inducing participation with money/cameras/goodies, not inform participants fully about what we DO KNOW about the dangers of exposure to pesticides. The last bottle of bug spray I p
  • 13 February 2016998. Ramon A
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    use your head and not go for greed Please add me to Pesticide Action Network's monthy email news & action alert list No
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  • 29 January 2016995. Brandon L
    As a former licensed herbicide sprayer I am abhorred by this thoughtless action against poor children. Would you allow this study to be performed on the lawns of the wealthy elite in the Hamptons? Shame on you and the pesitice industry. Address, City, Sta
  • 27 January 2016994. Margaret Castillo
    I am outraged over such an experiment. The American government and American people who agree with such and experiment have once again lost their souls and are showing the world their animalistic, barbaric, nature. Address, City, State, Zip 247 New York Av
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    This must be stopped -- Protect our children!!
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    If you think testing pesticides on children is a good idea, please test your children first.
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Bernadette CrosbyBy:
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Mike Leavitt, EPA Administrator and other EPA officials

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