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Somerville Schools Clean-up After Toxin Scare

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Somerville schools are weeks away from cleaning up elevated levels of toxins.

Starting in July, a Bryan-based company will clean the school's attics, workplaces, and heavily travelled areas. The company will test for toxins before and after the clean-up, as an extra precautionary measure.

Researchers with Texas A&M's School of Rural Public Health recommended the remediation to reduce the potential for future exposure to dangerous toxins.

The clean-up will cost up to $145,000 and will come out of the district's budget.

School officials say they will also move students out of an older building which had the highest levels of toxins.

The toxin scare came after a number of cancer lawsuits filed against BNSF and Koppers. Attorney's representing those plaintiffs say if the school didn't get cleaned-up, they were going to file a restraining order to prevent students from returning in the fall.

School officials say they were unaware of this, and are doing the clean-up based on the recommendations given to them. They add the safety of the students is what's most important to them.


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