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THREAD: It’s hard to keep up with all the threats facing young children these days, but recent changes to the EPA are particularly alarming for children’s health: /10
Our children deserve environmental policies that will protect their health. But @EPAScottPruitt is protecting large corporations and the chemical industry instead #BootPruitt
Here are 5 recent environmental safety changes that are threatening children’s health
1. Pruitt has reversed a ban on chlorpyrifos, a common pesticide and known neurotoxin that has been shown to cause brain abnormalities in children #BootPruitt
2. The EPA weakened standards for toxic metals—like lead and mercury—in our air and water. Children, particularly low-income children of color, could risk ingesting these metals through the water they drink and the air they breathe.
3. The EPA is allowing corporations to release more pollutants into the air. Poor air quality can cause damage ranging from asthma to lung disease.
4. The EPA is now letting chemicals go to the market, even if there are concerns about the risks of potential uses. Chemicals are everywhere—including food packaging and children’s furniture—and not fully testing their safety could have serious consequences for kids.
5. The EPA announced that it would close an important office that studies the effects of chemical exposure, which could leave children in danger of being exposed to toxic substances.
Rather than prioritize big corporations, our representatives must do what is best for the health and safety of America’s children
Are you worried about what these changes could mean for you or your family? Share your story here: #BootPruitt

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THREAD: Family separation has to end, but family detention is not the answer. No child should ever be locked up, period. #KeepFamiliesTogether #NoChildDetention
In response to widespread moral outrage against the Trump administration’s policy of separating families, some lawmakers are now pushing legislation that could lead to the detention of children for months or years in unlicensed facilities run by private prison companies.
Detaining children--even if they are with their families--goes against everything the research tells us about how to promote child well being and healthy child development
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