School Siting Concerns to be Addressed in 2009?

January 21, 2009

By Rochelle Davis, Founding Executive Director

USA Today recently released a report that showed that the air around schools is highly contaminated.  (To read more about this report, check out our recent blog.) USA Today used the government’s most-up-to-date model for tracking toxic chemicals and found that the air outside many schools has high levels of hazardous chemicals. 

In recognition of this problem several years ago, Congress required, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that the EPA issue voluntary school siting guidelines by June 2009.  To date, no action has been taken by the EPA.  The development of such guidelines is critically important to the environmental and developmental health of our nation’s children. I was pleased to see that Senator Boxer has committed to making sure that this important issue is addressed by the EPA in 2009.

Link to initial article

Link to quote from Senator Boxer