Officials: Toxic Chemical Found In Air Near School

DAVENPORT, Calif. (AP) - Air quality regulators on California's central coast say they have found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in the air around a Davenport elementary school and fire department.

Tests conducted by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District this summer found eight times the agency's acceptable level of chromium 6 at Pacific Elementary School.

Testers found 10 times the acceptable level of the chemical at the fire department in Davenport, a small town along the Santa Cruz County coast.

Agency officials say they believe the chemical is originating in dust blown from a nearby cement plant, which is cooperating with officials to curtail the use of high chromium materials.

Chromium 6 is blamed for causing cancer after long-term human
exposure.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel,
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-05-08 1701EDT


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