2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 07:54:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Students test pollution near Hill Air Force Base (UT)
Students learn by testing pollution near homes

Anne Johnson
February 27, 2011
Project Education: Edutopia, a partnership between WRAL-TV and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, shows how Utah high schoolers are fighting pollution in their community – and learning at the same time.

Clearfield High School students live near Hill Air Force Base, which generates millions of pounds of hazardous waste each year that slip into the underground water system.

"There's actually some areas that are contaminated so bad that fumes rise up to the basements of people's houses," Clearfield High student Anthony Huffman said. "That can lead to cancer and other serious illnesses."

Chemistry and biology students at Clearfield High have been monitoring water quality in the area since 2006.

"We were testing the water for nitrogen, oxygen, the PH, the temperature, the light source," student Whitney Maycock said.

Through a technology grant, the school obtained tablet computers that come with monitoring software and probes. Students explained the tablets make their research much more efficient.


For the entire story, see


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