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Child Health Champion Environmental Monitoring and Education Pilot Project

The EPA and state regulatory agencies have long been collecting environmental data for regulatory purposes. The data are often not available to the public, or, when available, they are not always easily understandable or available in a timely manner. To address this issue, the Office of Children's Health Protection has created a new program to provide up-to-date environmental information that people could understand and use every day in communities where environmental data are not widely available and significant environmental health threats to children exist. One important feature of this program is community involvement in both the collection and dissemination of environmental data.

The EPA initially pilot-tested the new program in two communities, one rural and one urban, where significant environmental health to children exist and where environmental information was not readily available:

  • Toppenish, Washington -- The Toppenish Air Project
  • Oakland, California

EPA plans to document and share with other communities planning similar efforts all materials developed for this project as well as lessons learned.

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