HAYDEN CHALLENGES LAUSD PENALTIES.
Byline: Daily News
Sen. Tom Hayden, D-Los Angeles, said Wednesday that air quality officials plan to impose only ``token'' penalties on the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. for air-quality violations that exposed Jefferson Middle School Jefferson Middle School is a middle school located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The middle school is home to the football team the Elks, which has won more conference champs than any other middle school in Tennessee. students to carcinogens Carcinogens
Substances in the environment that cause cancer, presumably by inducing mutations, with prolonged exposure.
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In a statement, Hayden called for harsher penalties, saying it was his understanding that the South Coast Air Quality Management District The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), formed in 1976, is the air pollution agency responsible mainly for regulating stationary sources of air pollution for most of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside County, and all of Orange county. was negotiating behind closed doors to impose what he called a ``paltry'' $25,000 fine.
``This is not a catalyst to change behavior at the school district,'' the lawmaker said. ``It is not a penalty at all, but regulatory relief instead of serious consequences.''
The air quality violations were revealed in September at a Senate hearing, when it was determined that a vapor extraction system designed to clean the soil of toxics was not functioning correctly - if at all - and that district officials and state agencies knew about the problem.
Also, it was determined that the carcinogen methylene chloride, which had not been detected before in tests, was being emitted.
After the legislative hearing, the air district cited the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) with 113 violations. Later tests found that children were not harmed by the emissions.