|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 10 Dec 2008 09:12:13 -0800 (PST)|
|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 USA TODAY December 8, 2008WASHINGTON - 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 [http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/school-air-monitoring1.htm] COMPLETE COVERAGE: Toxic air and America's schools [http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index] FIND YOUR SCHOOL: Schools with high chemical levels in air http://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/interactive/4USA 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 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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