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Report: Nearly 25,000 NV Kids Attend School Near Chemical Facility

PHOTO: Do your children go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government says there is a one in 10 chance they do, and its new report includes a map of those sites. Photo credit: Center for Effective Government.
PHOTO: Do your children go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government says there is a one in 10 chance they do, and its new report includes a map of those sites. Photo credit: Center for Effective Government.
April 24, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Some 25,000 Nevada students spend several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report issued by the Center for Effective Government.

Sean Moulton, the center's director of open government policy, says the deadly explosion one year ago in the town of West, Texas that destroyed a school and damaged two others should serve as a wake-up call.

He stresses parents and community members need to better understand the risks these facilities pose, and push for responsible changes.

"Students do fire drills every day," he adds. "But I don't think many of these schools have ever really talked about what their plan would be if one of these facilities had a major accident while school was in session."

Utilizing an interactive map on the center's website, the report shows 37 schools in Nevada are located within one mile of a facility.

More than 100 advocacy groups continue to recommend stronger disclosure rules and greater oversight of chemical facilities, as well as better emergency response plans.

In addition, Moulton says one of the most important things the federal government can do to protect children and communities is to require these facilities to use safer chemicals and processes, whenever feasible.

"They have a responsibility to the communities that they operate within - to protect them, to protect their workers - and we think that the government should step in," he says.

Moulton points to the example of water treatment plants, many of which have switched from using chlorine gas, which would create a poisonous cloud if a spill occurred, to a much safer form of liquid chlorine, which would simply form a puddle.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV