Tuesday, November 13, 2007

LA shelves plans for schools near freeways

The Los Angeles School District is dropping plans to build two schools near freeways because of concerns over the impacts on kids' health.

The San Jose Mercury News reports:

LOS ANGELES—The nation's second-largest school district has dumped plans to build two new campuses near a freeway after concerns about the impact of air pollution on youngsters.

The Los Angeles Times says the L.A. Unified School District has halted plans to put a high school and middle school within 500 feet of Interstate 10.

More than 60,000 students already attend schools near freeways and five new campuses are being built.

Those buildings will have air filters to strip out road toxins but health experts say filters can't remove ultra-fine particles linked to asthma and bronchitis.

Let's hope the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which is finishing up the Environmental Impact Statement on the reconstruction and potential expansion of North-South I-94 shows the same kind of concern about the kids who attend school right next door to the freeway. Still...would you wanna bet money that WisDOT will pull freeway expansion money away from its contractor cronies just because kids will sick?

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