Region 1: EPA New England

What is Children's Health Protection?

Protecting children, our youngest and most sensitive citizens, from environmental health risks is fundamental to our vision of making the world a better place for future generations.

  • Compared to adults, children eat proportionately more food, drink more fluids and breathe more air than adults. As a result, they are exposed to more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults.
  • Children may be more vulnerable than adults to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able to metabolize, detoxify and excrete toxins.
  • Children's behavior patterns and natural curiosity can put them in harms way, which can increase their exposure to pollutants.
  • Children are least able to protect themselves.
  • They have a longer life expectancy.
  • Fewer than half of the synthetic chemicals that have been developed and released to the environment have been tested for potential human toxicity, fewer still, for their potential effects on children.
  • Children represent 25 % of our population, but 100% of our future.

Children grow best in healthy environments!

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