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Name of Article:
Activists Eye Gulf Coast as Test for New Guide on School Siting Bills 
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Risk Policy Report 
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January 3, 2006     
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According to the article, environmentalists view the Gulf Coast restoration effort as a means to test a new guide for drafting legislation to ensure that schools are built in locations that do not expose children to contamination that poses health risks. The new guide, which the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (“CHEJ”) issued last month, stemmed from an increasing concern that school districts seek contaminated property, because the land is inexpensive and easier to obtain. CHEJ’s guide, which was drafted in consultation with engineers, public health experts, environmental remediation experts, and attorneys, offers guidance for communities and lawmakers to use when drafting regulations, policies, or legislation that could prevent schools from being built on contaminated properties. Contaminated former industrial and commercial properties, or brownfields, are often selected as new school sites in urban areas due to the “lack of available property and the need for new schools due to growing student enrollment.” Article taken from EJ in the News.

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