Monday, April 12, 2010
Health Risks for Students
People are becoming more aware that health problems occur more frequently for those that live near power plants but are unaware that students that attend schools near power plants are at risk too. In 2005 Meredith Hitchens, an elementary school, was shut down due to dangerous levels of chemicals in the air. USA Today did a study across the country that estimated 435 school’s air quality had higher levels of toxins than Meredith Hitchens. These schools’ air had chemical concentrations up to a dozen times higher than what the government approves as safe. Wide ranges of health risks are occurring like different cancers, mental and emotional problems. The plants that are producing these chemicals provide jobs and the tax base that uphold the communities. Many residents have either accepted or ignored the health problems the factories create because they need the work. Often times companies only approximate what chemicals they release so the amount of toxins could be higher. In thousands of these cases it has shown that the air quality in the children’s neighborhoods are better than their schools. I think that stronger regulations need to be enforced on these power plants or the power plants need to be shut down. So many children’s health are at risk because they are attending school. There are no safety standards for children at school and that needs to be changed. Children can be more vulnerable to diseases and they should be protected.