EPA Announces New Mercury Emission Guidelines at Children’s National Medical Center December 21, 2011

Washington, DC – US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced new mercury emission regulations at Children’s National Medical Center today. The regulations are designed to reduce hazardous emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The toxins targeted by the EPA today are dispersed into the air and contaminate rainfall. Human contamination occurs primarily through consumption of contaminated fish. Children who are exposed to mercury and other toxins may experience developmental delays.

Leaders at Children’s National Medical Center commended the new EPA regulations. A long standing advocate for children’s health, Children’s National is home to one of ten pediatric environmental health units in the United States, and staff member Jerome Paulson, MD serves on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US Environmental Protection Agency and chairs the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health.

“Creating a safe environment for children – whether it’s at home, at school, or at play – is vital for our children’s health. By creating sound environmental health policies, we can ensure that our children are given the best chance to thrive,” said Kurt D. Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National.Related links:

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About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is #1 for babies and ranked in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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