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E-M:/ Mercury in Schools Legislation to be introduced in Michigan



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Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>
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>JOHNSON CALLS FOR SCHOOLS TO ELIMINATE MERCURY
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>		Sen. Shirley Johnson (R-Royal Oak) said Tuesday she will
>introduce legislation requiring all schools to stop using mercury and
>mercury products within five years or face hefty fines.
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>Mercury is no longer needed to either record temperatures or for use in
>school scientific experiments, Ms. Johnson said, and eliminating the element
>will take away a potential risk to the health and safety of students and
>teachers.
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>Mercury liquefies at room temperature and can quickly vaporize at higher
>temperatures.  Long-term exposure can be fatal and even short-term exposure
>can cause skin rashes, blisters and a cough.  There have been several spills
>have occurred at state schools that caused expensive cleanups, Ms. Johnson
>said.
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>The legislature Ms. Johnson said she will introduce will be similar to SB
>804 which requires hospitals to stop using mercury instruments. Under the
>legislation, schools must end the use of mercury equipment within five years
>or be guilty of a misdemeanor and face fines of up to $1,000 a day.
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