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CHEJ: Sign on to National Letter on EPA’s Draft School Siting Guidance by Friday, Feb. 18th
February 8, 2011, 2:13 pm
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Support Guidance Revisions to Stop Schools from Being Built Near Toxic Hazards

We hope you and/or your organization will sign on to a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) providing comments on their School Siting Guidelines and urging them to improve the document so that schools are not sited next to toxic waste sites or major sources of air pollution.  To view the letter and sign please go here: http://www.chej.org/schoolsitingguidelines

You can also send EPA comments directly to school_siting@epa.gov  by the deadline of February 18th at 4pm (EST) and feel free to use the letter to assist with formulating your comments. The entire draft of school siting guidelines can be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/schools/siting/.

The letter includes these key points.
1. We commend EPA for developing the guidelines and including public participation throughout the school siting process. 
2. EPA should include distance-based siting criteria to avoid locating schools near contaminated sites and air polluting facilities.
3. The guidelines overemphasize the use of smart growth features in selecting candidate school sites, giving guidance on where to build schools but not on where to avoid building schools.
4. EPA should consistently state that unrestricted residential use standards should be used for cleaning up contaminated sites used for schools.
5. EPA needs to provide more information on effective clean-up options and their costs.
6. EPA needs to improve the disjointed and limited-access format of the guidelines.
We hope you will send a letter to EPA and sign on to our letter by February 18th.

Sign the letter at http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/852/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5748

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