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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the awarding of a grant to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas, to study the effects of pesticide use and its health impacts on migrant farmworkers and their children along the southern U.S. border.
The research is the result of a joint effort by the EPA and the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, according to an Oct. 6 news release. The announcement itself kicked off Children's Health Month, which is recognized every October.
“Protecting the health of our children and the environment where they live, learn and play is central to EPA’s mission, especially when it comes to children in overburdened and underserved areas,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in the release. “As we mark Children’s Health Month, I’m honored to highlight EPA’s work to protect children’s health and the historic level of funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, that will bolster these efforts to deliver clean air, clean water, and healthy lands for our children.”
“Understanding and evaluating the impacts of pesticide use is a high priority, and we have so much more to learn in this area," EPA Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance said in the release. "We look forward to seeing the results of the study and congratulate Texas Tech and the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit on this grant.”
Under the Biden-Harris administration, and with funding from the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA has advanced programs focused on improving and protecting children's health, the release reported. The agency also expects to use support from the Inflation Reduction Act to provide grants and technical assistance to improve indoor air quality in schools.