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Health Agencies Update
October 23/30, 2013

Children’s Health Getting More Attention at EPA

JAMA. 2013;310(16):1666. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280876

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken measures to better protect children’s health from environmental hazards, but more work is needed, according to an August report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Because of their size and rapid development, children may be especially vulnerable to environmental hazards, such as air pollution, pesticide residues in food, drinking water contaminants, and toxic substances in homes. Recognizing this, the EPA created the Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) in 1995 and made protecting child health an official part of its mission. But a 2010 GAO report found that the EPA was not fully using its resources to protect children.