Office of Children’s Health Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Firestone is an expert in the science of exposure and risk assessment with a focus on children’s environmental health. He has been heavily involved in the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) risk assessment guidance including Supplemental Guidance for Assessing Susceptibility from Early-Life Exposure to Carcinogens (2005) and Guidance on Selecting Age Groups for Monitoring and Assessing Childhood Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (2006).
Dr. Firestone co-chaired the 2008 development of EPA’s Risk Assessment Portal and EPA’s Strategic Plan for Evaluating the Toxicity of Chemicals (2009) that was developed in response to a report from the National Research Council of the National Academies Report on Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy (2007), for which Dr. Firestone was the Project Officer.
Dr. Firestone is involved with shaping EPA’s risk assessment guidance and science policy as a member of both the agency’s Risk Assessment Forum and the Science Policy Council Steering Committee. He is also a member of EPA’s Human Health Research Planning Team.
Prior to joining the Office of Children’s Health Protection, Dr. Firestone was the Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Dr. Firestone, who first joined EPA in 1984, has a PhD in biochemistry from the Chemistry Department at Georgetown University.