June 13, 2003
|Air Resource Board
Department of Health Services
Solutions to many of these problems have already begun through actions by school districts and state, federal
and local agency taskforces.
"Concern has been voiced over environmental conditions in California's schools," added Lloyd. "The Governor and Legislature responded by funding this study for the health of California school children and faculty."
This study addresses health concerns of some portable classrooms currently in use. California has recently made historic investments in new school construction and modernization of older schools. Last year Governor Davis signed legislation to place a $25 billion school bond package on the state ballot. California voters approved the first bond in November, providing school districts with $11.4 billion in funding for new construction and modernization of K-12 schools. More than $6 billion has already been allocated to school districts statewide to begin new school construction and modernization projects. New bond funding will reduce the need for relocatable classrooms in California schools, and where the need remains, will provide funding to replace aged portable classrooms with classrooms that meet high environmental and health standards. The remaining $13 billion bond is scheduled to go before the voters on the March 2004 primary ballot.
Public comments on the findings will be taken at public workshops. A copy of the full report and a schedule of workshops can be viewed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/pcs/pcs.htm.
The Board is expected to review the study at its July 24-25 meeting. Following the Board's approval, the report will be forwarded to the Legislature.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.
The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov.
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