America's Children and the Environment

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America's Children and the Environment

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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).

    Indicators for several topics were updated on this website in October 2015.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Find more about the ACE report's purposes, focus, and sources of data.

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ACE3 Indicators

ACE presents indicators (graphs and tables that summarize data from surveys and studies) for children’s environmental health in an easy-to-understand format.

  • 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).

    View the Environments and Contaminants Indicators

  • Biomonitoring

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

    View the Biomonitoring Indicators

  • Health

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

    View the Health Indicators

  • Supplementary Topics

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

    View the Supplementary Topics Measures