The Environmental Protection Agency has just issued a report on efforts to protect children from environmental hazards. Entitled Children's Environmental Health: 2008 Highlights, the report’s findings highlight several major health issues for children, including the significant progress made on lead exposure reduction in the U.S. in recent years.

Specifically, the report notes the median concentration of lead in children age 5 and younger declined 89% over the last three decades, from 15 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) in 1976-1980 to 1.6 mcg/dL in 2003-2004.

To read the full report, click here.