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Greeneville firms take issue with USA Today's smokestack-schools report

Staff Report • Dec 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Two Greeneville firms identified in a database used for a series of USA Today articles about potential toxic pollution near schools are disputing the methodology used for the stories.

In Tuesday’s issue, USA Today identified West Greene High School as the fifth-ranked school in the United States, in terms of its potential exposure to polluted air.

And the story ranked Mosheim School in the first percentile in terms of potential exposure to bad air.

According to the Greeneville Sun, the same database ranked most schools in the Greene County in the second through fifth percentile, meaning that nearly all schools in the nation were ranked as having better outside air than at Mosheim School.

Neither Greene County officials or Greeneville school system was contacted by USA Today reporters and none of the local industries was contacted.

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