New testing needed at Worcester school where toxins detected
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A second round of testing has been ordered for a Massachusetts charter school where elevated levels of toxic chemicals were detected.
The state Department of Environmental Protection tells The Telegram & Gazette the second round of air tests at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School in Worcester need to be scheduled by Thursday.
Initial testing conducted June 9 found high levels of petroleum and other volatile organic compounds.
Brian Haas, the school’s executive director, said one compound detected was trichloroethylene. He says the chemical “does not pose an immediate risk to those at the property.”
A spokesman for the state agency says the new tests would help to determine the extent of any health risk to people, as well as the source of the contamination, suspected to be a nearby industrial site.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com