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Let’s talk school air monitoring.  In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  For it revealed the findings of a seven-month study.  It was on toxic air pollution near the Mabel Holmes Middle School.  It’s located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The study aimed to assess whether long-term exposure to toxic air pollutants in that are.  For there were serious concerns.  Especially about the outdoor air there posed health concerns.  That’s especially for children and also staff at schools. This article will delve into the details of the study.  In addition, its methodology, and also the results obtained.

The Study about school air monitoring

First of all, from August 2009 to January 2010, the EPA conducted air monitoring.  That’s at 63 schools and more surprisingly across 22 states.  This was part of a national monitoring program. Mabel Holmes Middle School was chosen due to its proximity to industrial sites.  In addition, a major airport and a port.

Computer models were also used.  Especially to identify potential elevated levels of air pollutants near the school. Acetaldehyde, benzene, nickel, and other metals were all specifically monitored.  That’s because they are commonly associated with industrial facilities.  As well as major roadways.

School Air Monitoring Results

The EPA’s findings revealed that the levels of acetaldehyde, benzene, nickel, and other metals near Mabel Holmes Middle School were below the levels of concern. These levels were also even lower than the modeling information had initially suggested. This is also reassuring news for the community.  Especially as it indicates that the air quality surrounding the school does not pose immediate health risks.  Moreover to the students and staff.

To ensure transparency and keep the community informed, the EPA regularly posted air sampling results on its website throughout the monitoring period. This allowed parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to access the data and stay updated on the progress of the study.

Implications and Actions

Based on the analysis of the monitoring results, the EPA has decided to halt monitoring at Mabel Holmes Middle School. However, this does not mean that the agency is neglecting the issue of toxic air pollutants. The EPA remains committed to reducing levels of these pollutants.  That’s by regulating air pollution from industrial facilities. Their ongoing efforts aim to create a safer environment for all communities.  For that’s including schools.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is also actively involved in various programs.  More importantly that are aimed at reducing air toxics throughout the state. Collaborative efforts between federal and state agencies will also help ensure that the air quality in and around schools continues to improve over time.

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Paulsboro High School Monitoring

In addition to Mabel Holmes Middle School, the study also included monitoring at Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The final monitoring report for Paulsboro High School was issued in June 2011. As part of the study, the EPA collected and analyzed air samples.  That’s from various schools across the country. The sampling results were for all 63 schools participating in the study.  For they are available on the EPA’s website as they become available.  Thereby providing valuable insights into air quality across different regions.


The EPA’s study on toxic air pollution near Mabel Holmes Middle School in Elizabeth, New Jersey is completed.  For it also demonstrates the agency’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff. The results of the study indicate that the levels of acetaldehyde, benzene, nickel, and other metals near the school are below levels of concern. This positive outcome should provide reassurance to the community and highlight the effectiveness of environmental regulations in reducing air pollutants.

Moving forward, the EPA will continue its efforts to regulate air pollution from industrial facilities and work towards creating a healthier environment for schools and communities nationwide. By monitoring air quality and taking proactive measures, federal and state agencies can ensure that long-term exposure to toxic air pollutants remains minimal, safeguarding the health of future generations.

For more information on the EPA’s study and to access the final report on air toxics monitoring at Mabel Holmes Middle School, visit the Agency’s website at

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The final report on air toxics monitoring at Mabel Holmes Middle School is now posted on the Agency’s website at:

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