EPA Wants More Air Sampling At W.Va., Ohio Schools

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Vienna, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the air around a Wood County elementary school requires further monitoring because tests show high levels of manganese.

The agency said Tuesday there's no immediate health concern for children at Neale Elementary in Vienna.

It will also take a closer look at two Ohio schools with the same problem, Warren Elementary and the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center in Marietta.

All three are affected by Eramet Marietta Inc., a metallurgical manufacturing plant that is the nation's largest emitter of manganese.

The EPA says Eramet plans to install new pollution control equipment that could curb emissions.

Additional monitoring will determine if the changes are effective.

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