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March 1, 2010     Volume 3


First results from air toxins monitoring at Idaho school released
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SEATTLE –  Results from air toxin monitoring at Lapwai High School on the Nez Perce Reservation are now posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Lawpai was one of five Northwest region schools selected for the
School Air Toxics Monitoring Initiative. The program will investigate if long-term exposure to toxins in outdoor air poses health concerns for school children and staff.  The program monitors air contaminants from industrial and mobile sources such as cars, trucks and airplanes.

Nationally, 63 schools in 22 states are participating in School Air. 

When monitoring is complete, the results from all schools will be evaluated. Scientists will look for potential health concerns from long-term exposure to these pollutants.

Sampling results from Northwest regional schools show that air toxins are below levels of short-term concern. But the EPA warns against drawing conclusions -- the project is designed to access health risks, not toxin amounts.

The EPA will post School Air findings on the Web as they are completed.

 Accessing Outdoor Air Near Schools
Learn more and find participating schools near you.

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