The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it plans to
test air quality at selected schools nationwide to better understand whether
outdoor toxic air pollution poses health risks to students.
Stevens Creek Elementary in Cupertino is one of 62 schools
nationwide and the only school in Northern California on the list. The campus
was chosen because it is located about two miles from the Hanson Cement plant on
Stevens Creek Boulevard.
We have a number of concerns about the quarry and the cement plant, one of which is whether the coke- and coal-burning operations are responsible for any of the mercury contamination in nearby streams and reservoirs. Hopefully this test will help us understand that.