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A Case Study of Environmental, Health & Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, MA Public School System
Type: Case Study - Response Plans - Web site
Summary: This case study, prepared by Todd H. Dresser of the Burlington (MA) Board of Health, details an extensive review of environmental, and health and safety (EHS) issues involving the Burlington, Massachusetts public school system, which began in 1992. The case s...
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America's Children and the Environment (ACE)
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: America’s Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies...
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Children's Health Month 2006: Promoting Healthy School Environments
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Children spend a significant portion of their time in schools—more than in any other environment other than their homes. Children’s Health Month is a perfect opportunity to learn more about improving the health of your school environments. A link is provided f...
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Ensuring the Health of Schools and Playgrounds
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Schools need to be environmentally healthy places for children to learn and where teachers and other school employees can work. This sit address toxic metals used in school and playground structures, school pesticides and playground toxins as well as schoolsi...
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Environmental Virtual Campus
Type: Web site
Summary: Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this virtual campus uses an engaging, intuitive format to highlight potential environmental issues at nine campus areas, and provides compliance information and good management practices on a number...
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Environmentally Preferable LED Exit Signs: Saving Money and Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses LED exit signs; these signs are more energy efficient than fluorescent lamp exit signs and contain no mercury. One fluorescent lamp exit sign can contain more than 10 mg of mercury. Topics covered in this fact shee...
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Getting Mercury Out of Schools: Why it’s a Problem, Where it is, What to do
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: This guide was prepared to assist Massachusetts schools in identifying and removing mercury materials from their classrooms, laboratories and buildings. It was designed as a one-pocket folder with general mercury information printed on the folder and six fact...
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Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable: Mercury—Schools
Type: Web site
Summary: This online guide provides background information on the issue of mercury in schools, information on where mercury is found in schools, and information on how to prevent pollution caused by hazardous mercury spills in schools. Includes a bibliography of links...
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Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider (PDF)
Type: Checklist
Summary: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has...
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High-Bay Lighting: Opportunities for Mercury Reduction and Energy Efficiency
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. focuses on high-bay lighting, a type of lighting used in high-ceiling areas to light surfaces more than 15 feet away. This type of lighting is often used in warehouses, gymnasiums, manufacturing facilities and warehouse-type...
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How to Minimize the Threat of Mercury
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This article from the December/January 2003 issue of National Wildlife addresses the presences (still) of mercury in our daily lives and it discusses some of the concerns and threats associated with mercury.
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IDEM Mercury Information & Programs
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury information programs provided by Indiana's Department of Environmental Management includes About Mercury, Special Programs, Recycling and Disposal, Mercury and Our Air, Mercury and Oour Water, Mercury Rules and Laws and Non-IDEM Mercury Information.
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Identification of Mercury Devices in Schools Checklists
Type: Checklist
Summary: These tables assist school staff and/or state and local technical assistance providers in identifying mercury materials commonly found in schools. Specific tables are available for science rooms, medical offices, and school facilities. Non-mercury alternativ...
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Indoor Air Mercury
Type: Article/Report
Summary: This report describes why mercury is a problem in indoor air, the sources of mercury in indoor air, guidelines for mercury exposure, and studies on indoor air mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
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Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Type: Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy make...
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Lamp Tracker
Type: Fact sheet - Recycled Products - Web site
Summary: Lamp Tracker helps manage the risk of mercury exposure while gaining consistent universal waste compliance. It is a safe, cost effective solution for the storage, handling and recycling of fluorescent lamps.
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Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps (The)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is “low-mercury,” the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA’s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on...
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Maryland Department of the Environment Land Programs
Type: Article/Report - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: To protect human health and preserve and restore land and water resources, MDE implements various programs ensuring the control and proper disposal of waste, managing lead paint compliance activities, assuring that oil is handled in an environmentally safe man...
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Mercury (US EPA)
Type: Fact sheet - Language Options - Web site
Summary: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.
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Mercury and Schools
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury and schools is a risky combination! A packet of nine new brochures has been developed to help school personnel identify mercury sources and reduce or remove the risk of a mercury spill. Mercury may be found in many different places throughout a school,...
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Mercury Awareness for School Teachers
Type: Checklist - Fact sheet - School Projects
Summary: What can schools and teachers do to reduce the presence of mercury in schools. This fact sheet provides a check list as well as simple procedures and reasons for the concerns.
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Mercury Brochures for Schools
Type: Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Nine brochures are offered to help school personnel identify mercury sources and steps necessary to reduce or remove the risk of mercury spills. These are available as PDF’s or HTML documents.
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Mercury Disclosure Requirements and the New Jersey Lamp Contract
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: The state of New Jersey required vendors to disclose the amount of mercury in the mercury-containing lamps sold on its 2002 and 2003 contracts for incandescent, HID, and fluorescent lamps (contract T-1092). This fact sheet provides examples of the mercury dis...
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Mercury Fact Sheet (Indiana)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet lists common uses of mercury and suggested alternatives and local contacts.
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Mercury Fact Sheet (Ohio EPA)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Mercury is a toxic, persistent metal that can build up int he body. It can cause adverse neuroloigical and developmental health effects. This fact sheet from OhioEPA briefly described the reasons for concern, and identifies some of the efforts addressing the...
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Mercury in consumer goods and the waste stream
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Ohio DNR provides a list of household items that may contain mercury.
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Mercury in High Schools Case Study: Bay Path Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, Massachusetts
Type: Case Study
Summary: Describes how Bay Path identified and eliminated elemental mercury and products containing mercury from their facilities. The school committee passed a “mercury-free” resolution. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
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Mercury in Schools and Communities
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: NEWMOA provides a list of fact sheets, case studies, administrator and teacher information, list of mercury devices frequently found in science labs, and mercury-exchange suggestions.
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Facts, lessons, activites and links to national standards accompany general information on mercury in our world and known health issues. This also addresses cultural and religious uses of mercury as well as some of its unique properties.
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Mercury Ordinances/Resolutions
Type: List
Summary: This portion of the Health Care Without Harm website lists state laws, local ordinances and resolutions from throughout the United States banning the manufacture, sale or distribution of mercury-containing devices. This list includes links to the actual text...
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Mercury Schools Table of Contents
Type: Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case the topic hub is Mercury in Schools. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (...
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Mercury Spills: What to do
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Liquid mercury emits vapors into the air. These are colorless, ordorless and toxic. They are health risks and even very tiny spills require special care. Tips on what to do, tips for fish eaters and anglers, tips for medical professionals and for nursing wom...
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Mercury Toxics and Hazards
Type: Web site
Summary: Massachusetts Department of Enviromental Protection offers several valuable resources for understanding mercury: Mercury is Toxic (pdf), Mercury Health Effects (pdf), Mercury in Common Household Prodcuts, Mercury in paints and stains guidelines for handling, a...
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Mercury-containing Lamps and EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. explains the U.S. EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). The U.S. EPA has identified 40 toxic chemicals that can cause harm when products containing them are disposed of in landfills and the chemicals leach...
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Mercury-Free Alternatives for Schools
Summary: The purpose of this fact sheet is to help schools identify and find alternatives to mercury and other hazardous materials that may be present in school facilities. It focuses primarily on mercury compounds and mercury-containing equipment used in curriculum a...
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Schools, Colleges and Universities: Products Containing Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals (PBTs)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This factsheet provides a list of products commonly used in educational institutions, the PBTs they contain, and PBT-free alternatives to these products. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
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Silent Scourge: Children, Pollution and Why Scientists Disagree
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

AuthorColleen Moore

ISBN019515391

Colleen Moore’s book identifies a troubling body of evidence. She shows how environmental pollution places an increasing and quantifiable burden on the education of American children. The book...

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ToxFAQs for Mercury
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary - Language Options
Summary: This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about mercury. For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health eff...
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