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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

Michael has served in OCHP since 2000.  During that time, he has focused on research planning and on the development of risk assessment guidance and science policy related to children's environmental health. Examples of his leadership activities include:
Michael has also been responsible for ensuring the consideration of children's health protection during the development of several important rules, including:
  • 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.
Michael served in EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention from 1984 to 1999, including as Science Advisor to the Assistant Administrator and Acting Associate Director of the Office of Science Coordination and Policy.  During that time, he served as the scientific expert for issues involving chemical fate and transport, exposure and risk assessment, and modeling.  His scientific guidance development included:
  • 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.