WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ EPA officials say they're testing the air
quality at a southeast Wichita school after a rise in chromium
levels at industrial plants near the school.
The Environmental Protection Agency will be monitoring the air
around Colvin Elementary School for the next 60 days. It will
include a check of levels of hexavalent chromium, which is used in
such manufacturing jobs as welding and spray painting.
The chemicals being tested are potentially harmful, but school
officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Boeing and Spirit Aerospace are located in the same area as the
elementary school. Both have reported chromium releases.
Colvin Elementary is one of 62 schools across the nation _ and
the only one in Kansas _ selected for air quality monitoring.
Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com
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