1 in 10 Students Attends School Near Chemical Facility: Report | NBC Southern California

1 in 10 Students Attends School Near Chemical Facility: Report



    (Published Friday, April 25, 2014)

    A new report is raising concerns for parents after revelations that one in every 10 children in the US attends a school within one mile of a chemical facility.

    The research was conducted by the Center for Effective Government, which used EPA data to create an interactive map across the US showing what communities and schools could be in danger.

    The map showed one such example of an elementary school in Vernon surrounded by several plants that store hazardous chemicals.

    NBC4 showed parents the map of facilities storing chemicals near schools and received shocked reactions.

    Plants that produce, use or store significant quantities of hazardous materials must file a risk management plan with the environmental protection agency.

    "In the greater Los Angeles area, there are 30 rpm facilities for storing these hazardous materials, putting 61 schools at risk because they are within one mile of these facilities," said Sean Moulton, director of the Open Policy Center for Effective Government.

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