- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A small school in central Wyoming closed for nearly a year because of a gas leak has cleared its first air-quality test.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Natrona County School District say the test of the air at Midwest School is the first of four it must pass before students can return to the building next fall.

A new air system has been installed at the expense of FDL Energy, which runs the oil field near the school.

The school had to be closed in May of 2016, and the students sent to Casper schools when testing revealed high levels of carbon dioxide, areas of the school that were deficient in oxygen, and one classroom that had a level of benzene 200 times more than government guidelines.

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