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Sacramento School Officials Stop Funding For Controversial Air Cleaners

School officials in the Sacramento City District say they're stopping payment on a brand of controversial air cleaners.

The Sacramento Bee is reporting Johnson Controls may have misrepresented their product's air purification claims, saying the cleaners use UV-C technology to filter out COVID-19 airborne vapors in 1,000 square feet of space. However, tests have shown that they are only effective in 130 square feet. Raoul Bozio, a lawyer for the district, said they won't pay $6 million owed to the company or take delivery of the remaining devices until a full investigation is complete.

In a statement, Johnson Controls spokeswoman Kellie Harris said that the air cleaner “meets the requirements (the district) outlined for us in November 2020 as well as our contractual obligations.”

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