* The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools

What impact will the proposed ReVenture garbage-to-energy gasification incinerator have on our community? The problem is that we don’t know.

What we do know is that there is a great deal of data that clearly shows that we need to thoroughly review this issue and make sure that all safety, health, and environmental  concerns are addressed. This is too important a decision to rush into. It’s an issue that calls for local residents and other stakeholders to be a part of the decision making process.

You can use the “Find Your School or Its Ranking in County or State” link below to see where area schools are already endangered below.

Schools near industry face chemical peril: Health risks stack up for students near industrial plants

The exposure to toxic chemicals in the air outside some schools appears so high that students could be at risk of suffering a range of ailments, from asthma to cancer…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/school-air1.htm

Possible air hazards rarely considered in plans for schools

Twenty-three states have no regulations to compel school officials to consider environmental dangers when picking a spot to build…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2008-12-29-newschools_N.htm

No one knows what level of chemicals harms children: Toxics can affect kids, adults differently

Most safety assessments based on the effect chemicals have on adults in workplace, not on kids at school… http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/school-air-chemicals.htm

Air tests reveal elevated levels of toxics at schools

The exposure to toxic chemicals in the air at some schools is so high that students are at risk of suffering a range of ailments, from asthma to cancer…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/school-air-monitoring1.htm

Young students often most vulnerable to toxic air

USA TODAY found 20,000 schools within a half-mile of a major industrial plant that emits potentially dangerous chemicals. Many of those locations are elementary or pre-kindergarten schools…. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2008-12-21-youngkids_N.htm

Find Your School or Its Ranking in County or State

Read much morehttp://content.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/smokestack/index

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