Oregon Schools Go Mercury-Free
In November, Oregon's State Board of Education
adopted rules removing mercury from schools, in accordance
with a 2001 state law. School and local officials and
environmentalists cited many concerns justifying the
move, including mercury's toxicity, children's susceptibility
to mercury poisoning, and high mercury clean-up costs.
In addition, reasonably-priced alternatives exist for
all instructional uses of mercury and mercury-containing
equipment. Mark Taratoot of the Corvallis
Public Works Department described the importance of
the rule: "Although schools do not constitute
one of the largest sources of mercury to the environment,
they are places where mercury and children may come
together, leading to dangerous and often expensive situations."
-- CHEJ E-ACTION BULLETIN, November