By Jennifer McRae

GREELEY (CBS4)– A group of activists wants air monitors returned to the Bella Romero Academy 4th-8th grade campus in Greeley. This is after they claim toxic emissions were detected from a nearby fracking site.

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The fracking site is just 1,200 feet away from Bella Romero Academy. According to the group, the state removed the air monitors for maintenance.

That monitoring system was put in place in 2020 to track emissions of benzene in the air. Benzene can cause cancer if a person is exposed to high levels over long periods of time.

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Bella Romero Academy (credit: CBS)

This isn’t the first time that Bella Romero Academy has been the center of health concerns. In 2019, CBS4’s Rick Sallinger reported concerns from parents after the toxin was detected in the air near the school.

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The group wants the air monitors returned to the school by Dec. 1.

Jennifer McRae