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EPA's National Agenda to Protect Children's Health from Environmental Threats

In 1996, EPA developed a National Agenda which instructs the Agency to:
  1. Ensure that all standards set by EPA are protective of any heightened risks faced by children.
  2. Develop a scientific research strategy focused on the gaps in knowledge regarding child-specific susceptibility and exposure to environmental pollutants.
  3. Develop new, comprehensive policies to address cumulative and simultaneous exposures faced by children.
  4. Expand community right-to-know allowing families to make informed choices concerning environmental exposures to their children.
  5. Encourage parental responsibility for protecting their children from environmental health threats by providing them with basic information.
  6. Encourage and expand educational efforts with health care providers and environmental professionals so they can identify, prevent, and reduce environmental health threats to children.
  7. Provide the necessary funding to address children's environmental health as a top priority among relative health risks.
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