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Advancing Children’s Environmental Health: Our Best Investment

2013 October 30

Reposted from EPA Connect, the Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership

Group of children at schoolAnyone who has ever enjoyed watching a toddler explore their world knows that along with that marvelous sense of discovery comes potential trouble. Young children crawl around on the floor, play in the dirt, and don’t hesitate to retrieve a wayward cookie or other delectable treat hidden among the dust bunnies underneath the couch—and pop it straight into their mouth.

Behaviors like these, as well as their smaller bodies and still developing internal systems, make children more vulnerable to pollution and other environmental risks than us adults. That’s why we here at EPA make protecting children’s health a top priority.

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  1. w harter permalink
    October 31, 2013

    Thanks for the reminder about protecting our children’s health. Not only should this be a priority but we as parents should spend quality time with our children. They grow up so fast. Seems only a few years ago mine were toddlers now they are grown with children of their own who are in College and soon to be married. I once again look forward to having little children around the house. What a joy.

  2. Meth Lab Homes permalink
    December 12, 2013

    Over 2.5 million homes in the U.S. are considered to be hazardous waste sites, due to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Acute expose to the toxic chemicals used to make meth is effecting the health and safety of the children who are living in homes where meth is being manufactured. Additionally, the children whose parents unknowingly rented or purchased contaminated former meth lab homes, are getting sick from their chronic exposure to the toxic chemical residues in their homes. What is the EPA doing to protect these children?

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