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EPA Calls for Partnering on School Chemical Safety



EPA's Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign can help schools find partners to give advice in safe chemical removal and management.


By CP Editorial Staff   Green

What should a school do with outdated chemicals that may have been sitting in the lab cabinet or storage closet for 20 years or more? EPA's Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign can help schools find partners to give advice in safe chemical removal and management. EPA is challenging companies and other organizations with chemical expertise to be good neighbors and help schools in their community.

The program helps schools safely manage chemicals and avoid costly, and possibly dangerous, accidental chemical spills. The campaign provides schools with a free web-based tool kit and connects school officials with local experts and industry leaders in chemical management who can assist in safely removing the chemicals from school property. Program partners can offer a broad range of services to schools, from conducting chemical inventories to training school personnel in responsible chemical management.

Community partners and industry leaders who have recently joined SC3 to help schools safely manage their chemicals include the American Chemical Society, BASF Corporation White Stone site, Employers Mutual Casualty Companies, MKC Enterprises Inc., North American Hazardous Materials Management Association and Pollution Control Industries.

EPA estimates that nearly 33,000 middle and high schools across the country have outdated or improperly stored chemicals on site in maintenance closets or classrooms that could endanger students, school staff and surrounding communities.

More information about EPA's Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign: www.epa.gov/sc3/




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  posted on 10/25/2007   Article Use Policy




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