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How polluted is your school?

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December

Teco You know -- just know -- that the chemicals polluting your kids' school are toxic. Why else does everyone get sick all the time, right?

Proving it, though, is quite another matter.

USA Today might have some help. The paper has just published its special report, The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools. Using an EPA model, USA Today has tracked the path of industrial pollution and mapped the locations of thousands of schools to determine the toxicity levels outside them.

The site is searchable by state, county and even school name. Check it out for the stories, or just to see how your school rates. The worst ranked in our area? Tampa Marine Institute and the Orient Road Jail juvenile justice program.

The worst in Florida? Hale Academy in Ocala, which according to the report has better air quality than just 10 schools in the country.

(Times file photo, 2005)

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:07am]

    

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