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EPA Releases Guidelines for Healthier Schools

New EPA guidelines for healthy schools include a recommendation to revise school bus schedules to minimize idling.

Photo: Andrei Niemimäki

The guidelines focus on maintenance; moisture and mold issues; pests and pesticides; ventilation; and contaminants that include PCBs, radon, and diesel exhaust. Along with recommendations on assessing existing resources among state agencies, the guidelines offer case studies and technical advice, including regular HVAC inspection, selection of low-emitting paints and cleaners, and revision of school bus schedules to minimize idling. For more information, see


Published November 29, 2012

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