EPA seeks more funds for Healthy Schools Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting a $6.2 million increase in funding in fiscal 2011 to support its Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative.

The money will support efforts to integrate and broaden existing school environmental-health programs that focus on asthma, indoor air quality, chemical cleanout, green practices and integrated pest management. The EPA will work with the departments of Education and Health and Human Services to carry out the initiative.

The EPA also would provide technical assistance for state-based programs and for establishing voluntary guidelines for school siting and construction.

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