"And the list goes on," said Ramona Trovato, deputy administrator for EPA's Office of Environmental Information and former director of EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection.
Siting of schools on or near contaminated sites is also a problem, Trovato
noted, as is the growing issue of mold contamination.Overall, she
said, health concerns in the past have focused primarily on outdoor air, with indoor contamination only recently coming to attention.She
said that by the end of this year, EPA
will release new web-based guidance devoted to school design and renovation issues, which will encourage schools to make indoor air quality part of the school planning and design process. Trovato
pointed out, however, that there is only so much the federal government can do.