March 20, 2003 — As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing efforts to address the health effects of environmental hazards to older Americans, the agency has launched a new web site on the issue and invited public participation in the development of a National Agenda on the Environment and the Aging.
“For this Administration, promoting the continued well being of older Americans is an important priority,” said Administrator Christie Whitman. “To further protect the health of older Americans, EPA has launched an Aging Initiative that will study and prioritize environmental health risks to our nation’s growing elderly population. By providing a central location for information and events on EPA’s Aging Initiative, this new Web site is an important part of this effort.”
The launch of EPA’s new Web site – http://www.epa.gov/aging – coincides with a series of outreach activities being planned to gather public input for the development of the National Agenda announced in October 2002.
The agenda will prioritize environmental health hazards that affect older persons and examine the impact that a rapidly growing aging population will have on our environment. It will also encourage volunteerism by older persons in their communities to reduce hazards and protect the environment.
The Web site includes information about six public listening sessions being held in Florida, Texas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, California and Maryland beginning in early April to discuss the National Agenda. The web site offers other opportunities for public comment including electronically or by mail. Comments from the public will be central to the development of the national agenda.
The Aging Initiative web site will allow older persons, families and others to access information about environmental issues which may affect their health and how they can become involved in reducing risks in their communities.
It highlights ongoing EPA research on environmental health issues affecting older persons and provides links to many federal, state and local partners and agencies who are concerned about the well being and health of our nation’s aging population. The site will serve as an important source for EPA information on environmental health hazards and older persons.