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The EPA on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, released a document that the agency intends to help risk assessors understand how children are exposed to pollution. The document, titled Highlights of the Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook is a quick-reference guide to the more comprehensive Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook, published by the agency in 2008.
In a press release, the agency said it developed the guide to provide information for answering questions about exposure through drinking water, breathing, and eating foods, such as:
- How much exposure to environmental pollutants might children get if they live or play near contaminated sites?
- How much dirt from a child's hands might s/he inadvertently eat?
- How much of a child's exposure to various pollutants might come from skin contact?
- Which age groups (childhood life stages) may inhale or ingest the most and thus may be at higher risks?