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  • MILITARY SITE POLLUTION PROTECTION
  • CHILD POLLUTION PROTECTION
Winning Issue » CHILD POLLUTION PROTECTION


Cancer kills more children than any other disease. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. The incidence of childhood cancer continues to increase at the alarming rate of about 1% per year. About 13,000 children are expected to get cancer in 2015, and more than 1,400 are expected to pass. This is despite treatment advances that have enabled 80% of children with cancer to survive 5 years or more -up from 60% in the mid 70’s. However, the exact causes of childhood cancers are not known. Health advocates say a child’s physiology and metabolism are much more sensitive to the harmful effects of pollution exposure than adults. It is suspected these cancers could result from environmental exposure to toxins such as pesticides, solvents, fire retardants or household chemicals. Researchers are now studying whether others factors such as parental exposure to radiation or chemicals, maternal diet during pregnancy, early postnatal feeding patterns and diet, or maternal reproductive history could be contributing to the increase in child cancer. There are now more than 360,000 survivors of childhood cancer. However, many of these children will face additional health problems growing up as a result of having had cancer and its treatments. More than 7 million American children also suffer from asthma, a disease that inflames and narrows the airways leading to, or within, the lungs. Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children under the age of 18. Much like cancer, the causes of asthma are not precisely known and its incidence is also on the rise, although asthma deaths occur much more often in adults than children.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.72 – Breath of Fresh Air Act




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current child pollution protection policy and wish to defeat H.R.72 – Breath of Fresh Air Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support investigating suspected or potential disease clusters, environmental pollutants or toxic substances associated with such clusters; establishing and operating Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Centers and Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Teams; authorizes any person to submit a petition to the EPA that requests that a Response Team conduct an investigation or take action to address the potential causes of disease clusters; authorizing grants to groups of individuals that may be affected by such clusters, and wish to either reintroduce S.50 - Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support awarding matching grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to purchase nebulizers for use in their schools and to train school personnel to use nebulizers; giving grant priority to LEAs that: serve areas where the prevalence of asthma is at least 10% higher than the national average; do not already have at least one nebulizer in each of their schools; serve schools that typically have a significant number of students, staff, and visitors present during the day; and wish to pass H.R.72 – Breath of Fresh Air Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support investigating suspected or potential disease clusters, environmental pollutants or toxic substances associated with such clusters; establishing and operating Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Centers and Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Teams; authorizes any person to submit a petition to the EPA that requests that a Response Team conduct an investigation or take action to address the potential causes of disease clusters; authorizing grants to groups of individuals that may be affected by such clusters, and wish to either reintroduce S.50 - Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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