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Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Chair: Clifford S. Mitchell, M.D., designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene
Vice-Chair: Richard A. Eskin, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of the Environment

Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Benjamin A. Gitterman, M.D., 2006; Christopher A. Loffredo, Ph.D., 2007; Lorne Garrettson, 2011; six vacancies.

Appointed by Senate President: Nancy Jacobs

Appointed by House Speaker: James W. Hubbard

Ex officio: Mary Ellen Setting, designee of Secretary of Agriculture; Alicia L. Mezu, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Human Resources; Rosemary King Johnston, Executive Director, Governor's Office for Children.

Staff: Rachel M. Hess-Mutinda

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 1 (Chapter 585, Acts of 2000; Code Health-General Article, sec. 13-1006).

The State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council formed in November 2000 (Chapter 585, Acts of 2000). The Council identifies environmental health issues for children and seeks to protect children in Maryland from exposure to environmental hazards. It also advises the General Assembly on legislation and recommends uniform guidelines for State agencies to help reduce and eliminate children's exposure to environmental hazards.

To protect the health of children from environmental hazards, it is necessary to consider the special vulnerability of children due to their developing physiology, and their exposures, behaviors, and diets which can differ greatly from those of adults. In light of this, the Council reviews rules, regulations, and standards to ensure that the health of children in Maryland is adequately protected. Information also is disseminated by the Council on how to reduce, treat, and eliminate children's exposures to hazardous substances and alert the public to potential toxicants which may affect children.

The Council may contract for an analysis of the State organizational structure as it relates to children's environmental health and protection. Such an analysis is to be carried out in a manner consistent with recommendations of the November 1999 report made by the Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (Code Health-General Article, secs. 13-1001 through 13-1006).

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