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Local News in Brief : Schools Act to Correct Reseda Storage Perils

The Los Angeles Board of Education Monday allocated $100,000 to correct health and safety violations uncovered by the Los Angeles Fire Department at the school district’s Science Materials Center in Reseda.

The money will be used to redesign part of the building to provide space for the temporary storage of old or hazardous laboratory chemicals that the district collects from surrounding high schools.

Last month, the Fire Department closed the science center and cited the school district for improperly storing 100 boxes and 30 barrels of hazardous materials. The chemicals, fire officials said, posed serious health and safety dangers to three schools and district offices next to the science center.

The building improvements are part of the district’s plan--submitted to the Fire Department--to comply with state and local laws covering hazardous material collection and storage.

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