EPA tests monitoring the air quality near schools have found concerning levels of air pollution in some cases reports Brad Heath of USA Today.
The study, which is still ongoing, was prompted by a USA Today article highlighting the air pollution around many of the nation’s schools. Although most of the schools tested in the EPA study were found to be safe, there were several instances in which high levels of chemical toxins were found.
"There is work to be done still on air quality," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson acknowledged. "The best result would be to find that all of our concerns were overblown, but we're not finding this in every case."
Some of the problematic results, writes Heath, include:
Children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of exposure to chemical toxins, and poor air quality can hinder their ability to learn, increase sick days, and increase their risks of getting serious illnesses later in life.