The MN Po llution Control Agency and the MN Dept. of Health have done a lot of work i n this area. In fact, they have a black Labrador Retriever named Clancy tra ined to sniff out mercury vapor that they take to schools both for demonstr ation and testing purposes. (They also have mercury vapor meters - I figure d I best include that note as well.)
- Diane Amell, MNOSHA
Good morning, Jim--
You could try some of the sc hools in the Great Lakes area. This region is a little more sensitized to m ercury as an environmental hazard due to the fish consumption guidelines (w e do love our fish frys), and many people fish on the smaller lakes as well for recreation & dinner.
The warnings about how much fish is saf e to eat for the various groups of the population are on the local news eve ry time they are revised. The reports also usually indicate the contaminant responsible foe the guideline.
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Monona and colleagues,
I understand and appreciate yo ur point. I'm hoping that with nearly 15,000 schools in the country t hat we'll find a couple with the "fortitude" to have a look and s ee if this is or is not a reasonable concern. If NYC is not intereste d, we'll try Boston. ... Jim
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The schools are alrea dy 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 ball asts 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.
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The L aboratory Safety Institute (LSI) is considering a project to evaluate the p resence of residual amounts of mercury in middle, junior, and senior high s chools.
If there are any schools in the New York City area which woul d like to participate, please contact me to discuss the project. ... Jim
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