EPA to Test Air Around Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The air around 62 schools in 22 states - including Texas - will soon be tested for toxic air contaminants.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will work with state and local agencies to begin monitoring outdoor air at the selected schools. They were chosen because of their nearness to industrial facilities or other sources of pollution.

Some testing will start immediately. Other schools would not see testing for 60 to 90 days.

Testing will focus on toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer, respiratory and neurological problems - especially in children, who are more susceptible than adults.

The six schools in Texas are in Dallas, Houston, Diboll,
Cypress, Deer Park and Burkburnett.

The list of schools that will be monitored can be found on the
EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/schoolair.


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