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President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children


The President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children was established in April 1997 by Executive Order 13045, was co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and included sixteen departments and White House offices.

The Task Force was charged with recommending strategies for protecting children's environmental health and safety. Former President Bush signed Executive Order 13229 (PDF) (1 pg, 18K) in October 2001, extending the work of the Task Force for an additional eighteen months beyond the original charter. On April 18, 2003, former President Bush further amended the Executive Order to extend the Task Force an additional two years.

The Task Force initially identified four priority areas for immediate attention: asthma, unintentional injuries, developmental disorders (including lead poisoning), and cancer. Since then, the Task Force added environmental health in schools, the National Children's Study, and Children's Health Month to its interagency activities. View Task Force activities and accomplishments.


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