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EPA Releases Final Report on Air Toxics Near the Central Virginia Training Center

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543. smith.bonnie@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made available today its final report on monitoring for air toxics near the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights, Va. The report, posted on the agency’s website at http://www.epa.gov/schoolair/schools.html, concludes that EPA found no concern for short- or long-term health risks from air toxics, specifically microscopic airborne particles of manganese and lead, outside the school.

Central Virginia Training Center is one of 63 schools in 22 states where EPA monitored outdoor air as part of the agency’s Schools Air Toxics Monitoring initiative, designed to help EPA and state environmental agencies understand whether long-term exposure to air toxics poses health concerns for children and staff at the schools.

EPA selected the Central Virginia Training Center because of its proximity to a foundry that produces cast iron pipe and is a source of air toxics emissions, and computer models which determined microscopic airborne particles of manganese and lead may be present at elevated levels in the outdoor air. Because no concentrations of concern were found at the school, air monitoring there has been discontinued.

To see a listing of all of the schools monitored in this initiative: http://www.epa.gov/schoolair/schools.html