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About EPA

About the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP)

What We Do

OCHP, which is located within the Office of the Administrator, has the fundamental goal to ensure that all EPA actions and programs address the unique vulnerabilities of children. Children may be more vulnerable to environmental exposures than adults because:

OCHP’s major goals are to:

  • reduce negative environmental impacts on children through involvement in EPA rulemaking, policy, enforcement actions, research and applications of science that focuses on prenatal and childhood vulnerabilities;
  • protect children through safe chemicals management; and
  • coordinate community-based programs to eliminate threats to children’s health.

OCHP’s Major Work

Mail code: 1107T | EPA mailing addresses
Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OCHP Organization

Dr. Ruth A. Etzel, M.D., Ph.D, Director
  • Phone: (202) 564-2188

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