ERIC Number: ED425621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Indoor Air Quality: Federal and State Actions To Address the Indoor Air Quality Problems of Selected Buildings.
Guerrero, Peter F.
U.S. House of Representative members requested that the General Accounting Office determine what federal and state actions have been taken in addressing indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns raised in certain school, state, and federal buildings within Vermont, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. This report responds to this request and describes the investigation process, the level of federal agency involvement, and the role of Vermont officials in addressing IAQ problems. The report indicates that Vermont has already conducted investigations of 8 of the 15 buildings selected for review and is actively pursuing IAQ improvements in all its state buildings. State actions in resolving the most frequently noted IAQ complaints have mostly come through improvements in better air ventilation and cleaning and maintenance procedures. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is assisting Vermont officials in some IAQ testing and is providing guidance and sponsoring workshops. The agency has addressed IAQ problems at the two federal buildings selected for review, including extensive physical improvements in its Washington, D.C., headquarters buildings. Similar improvements have been made at the General Services Administration(GSA) office building in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, the EPA and GSA have increased the availability of medical services at each of these buildings to assist occupants with IAQ-related problems. (GR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Improvement, Indoor Air Pollution, Quality Control, Statewide Planning
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (First copy free, $2 for each additional copy, 25% discount on orders of 100 or more).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Maryland (Baltimore); Vermont