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America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition (ACE3)

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About America’s Children and the Environment,Third Edition (ACE3)

EPA published the third edition of America's Children and the Environment (ACE3) in 2013. ACE3 shows the status and trends of:

  • Environments and Contaminants (contaminants in air, water, food, soil and other environmental conditions),
  • Biomonitoring (chemicals measured in the bodies of children and women), and
  • Health (childhood diseases and health outcomes).

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Frequently Asked Questions

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ACE3 Indicators

Environments and Contaminants

Environmental contaminants or conditions that can affect children's health (outdoor air pollutants, indoor environments, drinking water contaminants, chemicals in food, land contaminants, climate change).

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Chemicals measured in the bodies of children and women (lead, mercury, environmental tobacco smoke, PFCs, PCBs, PBDEs, phthalates, BPA, perchlorate).

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Health effects that may be related to the environment (respiratory illnesses, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity, adverse birth outcomes).

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Supplementary Topics

Additional topics of environmental concern (birth defects, contaminants in schools and childcare facilities).

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