Environmental Protection

New Report Released on Children’s Health and the Environment

The EPA has released “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition”, which is a comprehensive compilation of information regarding children’s health and the environment from several different sources.

The EPA’s latest report, “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition”, shows the latest trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and soil that may affect children. The report also shows how concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women can be harmful to the individuals who have been exposed those contaminants, as well as childhood illnesses and health conditions.

“This latest report provides important information for protecting America’s most vulnerable – our children. It shows good progress on some issues, such as reducing children’s blood lead levels and exposure to tobacco smoke in the home, and points to the need for continued focus on other issues”, said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Although we are encouraged by these findings, there is still much work to be done. By monitoring trends, identifying successes, and shedding light on areas that need further evaluation, we can continue to improve the health of our children and all Americans.”

The level of knowledge regarding the relationship between environmental exposures and health outcomes varies widely among the topics presented. The report provides data for selected children’s health conditions that warrant further research because the causes, including possible contributing environmental factors, are complex and not well understood at this point.

For more information, or to view this report in its entirety, please click here.

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