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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 09:12:13 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Air Toxics at Schools
[This is an extensive special multi-media report based upon independent sampling. The focus is on operating sources of air toxics, however, not contaminated sites. - LS]

Officials vow air near schools will be tested for toxics

By Blake Morrison and Brad Heath
December 8, 2008

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee pledged Tuesday to "do what I have to do" to ensure that the government monitors the air for toxic chemicals outside schools across the nation.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., cited a USA TODAY analysis this week that examined the impact of industrial pollution outside almost 128,000 schools. The newspaper used a government computer model to pinpoint locations where toxic chemicals appeared to be at high levels outside schools from coast to coast.

AIR TESTS: Elevated levels of toxics found near schools
COMPLETE COVERAGE: Toxic air and America's schools
FIND YOUR SCHOOL: Schools with high chemical levels in air

USA TODAY subsequently took air samples near 95 schools and found elevated levels of toxic chemicals outside 64 locations.

Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of the chemicals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies typically have not monitored the air outside schools, even schools in toxic hot spots.


For the entire article, as well as links to other articles in the special report, go to http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2008-12-09-toxic_N.htm

Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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