Children's Environmental Health Center 2017 Report to the Legislature

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The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announces the availability of a report to the Legislature and Governor on the Children’s Environmental Health Center. The Children’s Environmental Health Center was established in the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) by the Children’s Environmental Health Protection Act (Escutia, Chapter 731, Statutes of 1999) (the Act).  The Center is responsible for ensuring that CalEPA’s programs specifically protect children’s health in California.  This report to the Legislature and Governor highlights the recent activities of the Center, OEHHA and other CalEPA Boards and Departments to protect children, including:

  • Recent work to ensure that children are adequately protected from air toxics released from industrial facilities and other stationary sources. 
  • Adoption of new guidance values for chemicals that utilized state-of-the-art methods to account for child vulnerability.
  • Creation of A Story of Health (in collaboration with other partners) to train physicians and other health providers to be aware of environmental pollutants that can harm children. 
  • Conducting symposia to train state scientists and academicians on children’s health issues, most recently the impact of climate change on children’s health
  • Publishing epidemiological studies on the public health impacts of climate change, in particular the impacts of heat on pregnancy and the health of the infant.