Statement on Children's Health Environmental
Exposure Risk Study
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News for release: (Washington, D.C.
- November 9, 2004 )
EPA Statement on Children's Health
Environmental Exposure Risk Study
Contact: Cynthia Bergman 202-564-9828
(Washington, D.C. - November 9, 2004) Because protecting the
and well-being of children is of paramount importance, EPA
to send the Children's Health Environmental Exposure Risk
for another external, independent review by an expert panel
made up of
members of the Science Advisory Board, the Science Advisory
the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. It is
that this review will be completed and that a report will
to the Administrator in the spring of 2005. Based on this
Agency will reassess the study.
EPA scientists need to fully understand
how children are exposed to
pesticides and through what media (air, water, soil, etc.)
particularly concerned about childhood exposure, because children
more vulnerable than adults to the effects of environmental
due to their smaller body sizes and rapid physical development.
is insufficient research to define pathways of exposure -
- the routes
by which pesticides may enter a child's body. Possible pathways
could be investigated are ingestion (food and drink), inhalation,
residue from crops, soil and ingestion of household dust.
CHEERS was designed to fill these critical
data gaps in our
understanding of children's exposure to pesticides and chemicals
household environments, ultimately leading to actions that
children's exposures to pesticides. The study design was externally
reviewed for scientific merit and ethical protections by four
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for the Protection of Human
The IRBs and the dates they approved the study are: Battelle
Institute (August, 2004), University of North Carolina (September
Duval County (Florida) Health Department (October 2004) and
of Florida (May 2004).
As a federal agency, EPA wants all research
to be transparent to the
public and to be responsive to public feedback. Citizens are
stakeholders in our work. EPA makes information on current
completed research activities available to the public through
means, including the on-line Science Inventory at: http://www.epa.gov/si