Wichita School Among 62 Schools EPA Will Test

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita elementary school is among 62 schools in 22 states where the outdoor air will be tested for toxic air contaminants.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will work with state and local officials to begin the monitoring at the selected schools within three months.

The focus is toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer, respiratory and neurological problems.

Wichita's Colvin Elementary School, which has about 800 students, is the only Kansas school listed. It will be monitored for hexavalent chromium and other compounds.

Wichita schools spokeswoman Susan Arensman said Colvin was selected because aircraft plants are nearby. But she says the school has not experienced any problems.

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