ERIC Number: ED436937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Reading, Writing and Risk: Air Pollution Inside California's Portable Classrooms.
Ross, Zev A.; Walker, Bill
This California report examines the air pollution risk levels in the State's portable school facilities, the State's response, and recommendations for protecting children's and teachers' health in these types of classrooms. The report reveals that over two million California students spend the school day in buildings that may be harmful to their health. It states that some portable classrooms can expose children to toxic chemicals at levels that pose an unacceptable risk of cancer or other serious illnesses, but that California has no indoor air health standards for most toxins found in these types of buildings and has has failed to exercise effective oversight of air quality. What types of pollution health risks that exist in portable classrooms are detailed, particularly risks from formaldehyde and carbon dioxide. Additionally reported are the unintended consequences of the State's push for the use of portables to address student population increases. (Contains 59 references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Construction Materials, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Relocatable Facilities, Risk Management, State Regulation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Clarence T. Heller Charitable Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Environmental Working Group, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California