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Investigation sparks ice rink air quality bill
A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation into the air quality of Minnesota
ice rinks could lead to a new law that would make indoor skating safer.
The investigation found many rinks were either not testing for
emissions, like carbon monoxide from ice resurfacers, or doing so
incorrectly. And, state health officials were not tracking which rinks
were conducting tests and which were failing to do so.
Monday, lawmakers introduced a bill that would require rinks to
install electronic air monitoring equipment.
The bill would also lower the allowable carbon monoxide levels from
30 parts per million to 12.5 parts per million.
Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul said, "We want to make sure
folks are monitoring for CO and so folks using the rinks know that
safety levels are watched."
Canada has adopted these standards in its rinks.
The American Lung Association, along with more than 20 state
representatives from both parties back the measures.
The testing equipment would run about $2,500 per rink. The cost is
less than the amount some rinks currently spend on older and
less-accurate testing methods.<a href="http://ksax.com/article/stories/S1455408.shtml?cat=10230">http://ksax.com/article/stories/S1455408.shtml?cat=10230</a>
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