What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Pennsylvania DEP OKs the Kindergarten Center's Air Quality

From yesterday's Phoenix:

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger made public Monday the results of DEP's air quality testing at the Phoenixville Area Kindergarten Center.

"The results of DEP's in-depth monitoring refute reports by USA Today in December 2008," he said. That report rated the Center among the top one percent of schools nationwide in high-contamination zones.
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"actual sampling of the air by DEP for the stated pollutants of concern does not indicate an unacceptable risk to the students attending the school"
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USA Today, who released the initial study that indicated that the Kindergarten Center, along with several other schools in the district, had abnormally high levels of pollutants in the air, had an article in their paper two days ago discussing the findings of the DEP both in Phoenixville and in other parts of the state that fared similarly. In it, they quote several environmental experts who call into question the studies performed by the the DEP who feel that the sample data they collected is not sufficient to determine whether or not there is indeed a problem.

Read more:
DEP Report
Phoenix Article
USA Today article

Thanks to reader Carolyn for the links to the DEP Report and the USA Today article.

1 comment:

Solofloyd said...

I think Phoenixville is probably OK now that Temtco Steel is gone but, it's unfortunate that no air sampling was done while they were still operating. Since the USA Today numbers were only predictions based on the type and amount of toxic emissions reported by Temtco, we will never know what the actual air quality was prior to them moving.

Nevertheless, I would feel much better if a long-term study was implemented to make sure that the preliminary tests were accurate.