The schools are already in a bind due to the finding of excessive levels of PCBs in the air from light ballasts, caulks, and other PCB-containing building materials. Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the expense of replacing the light ballasts when he already says they will have to lay off a few thousand teachers.
I think if you mentioned testing for residual airborne mercury to school administrators, they'd reach for the Valium and pitch your letter in the round file.
In a message dated 3/24/2011 11:55:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, JAKSAFETY**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM writes:
The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) is considering a project to evaluate the presence of residual amounts of mercury in middle, junior, and senior high schools.
If there are any schools in the New York City area which would like to participate, please contact me to discuss the project.
Regards, ... Jim
James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Chair, ICASE Committee on Safety in Science Education
International Council for Associations of Science Education
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