About the Acting Director of EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection
Michael Firestone, Ph.D.
Michael Firestone is the Acting Director and Senior Scientist in EPA's Office of Children’s Health Protection. He co-chairs the Senior Steering Committee of the President’s Task Force (PTF) on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children on behalf of EPA, and served as the EPA (and managing) co-chair of the PTF Federal Lead Subcommittee.
- Co-chair/project officer of a federal-wide contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of toxicity testing, and co-chair of a follow-up workgroup under EPA’s Science Policy Council to develop a Strategic Plan for the Future of Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment at EPA;
- Chair of an EPA technical panel that developed EPA's Guidance on Selecting Age Groups for Monitoring and Assessing Childhood Exposures to Environmental Contaminants; and
- Co-chair of an effort to develop an EPA Risk Assessment Portal (epa.gov/risk).
- pesticide worker protection rules,
- an endangerment finding for the use of lead in general aviation gasoline, and
- the development of safety limits for perchlorate in drinking water.
- Chair of the EPA’s Risk Assessment Forum technical panel which developed the agency's policy on probabilistic modeling;
- Co-author of a research strategy to support development of residential exposure testing and assessment guidelines;
- Subcommittee Chair of the Agency Task Force on Environmental Regulatory Modeling, which was responsible for developing guidance for conducting peer review of modeling.
Michael received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.