Jennifer Brown


Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental hazards due to their biological sensitivities, unique dietary habits and distinctive behavioral patterns, and yet are frequently not factored into the risk assessment process when it comes to environmental regulations. As a result, risk assessments fall short of creating environmentally safe levels of pollutants for children. . - This Comment provides an overview of the current pediatric environmental health initiatives being developed at the national level and illustrates how numerous research endeavors, conferences, newly formed federal offices, legislation and policies have not only brought this issue to the forefront of national attention, but have helped usher in a new era of environmental protection which addresses the well-being of children. It argues that the Children's Environmental Protection Act, by establishing in statute the needed "legal teeth," to protect children's health, may serve to cement into law many of the current national pediatric environmental health initiatives. In-this way, greater environmental protection for the health of children could be guaranteed in the future.