The School District of Philadelphia has become the first public school district in the nation to voluntarily sign up for a comprehensive environmental health check of its school buildings under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The district will audit 62 of its schools for compliance with federal environmental regulations. It also will assess all of its facilities for compliance with asbestos requirements. The agreement is part of a national initiative by EPA to ensure that schools, colleges and universities meet environmental regulations.

Under this agreement, EPA will reduce or eliminate penalties for violations found during self-audits if they are disclosed, promptly corrected and steps are put in place to prevent recurrence.

The district has agreed to complete its asbestos audits within three years and complete the comprehensive audit of 62 schools within four years.

EPA's self-audit policy is available here.