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E-M:/ Mercury WORKSHOP FOR Teachers and School Administrators

Enviro-Mich message from Mary Beth Doyle <marybeth@ecocenter.org>

I thought this might be of interest to some folks on this list, especially
given the recent mercury spills in Detroit-area schools.

Subject:  Mercury WORKSHOP FOR Teachers and School Administrators

     Mercury WORKSHOP FOR Teachers and School Administrators

   We have all seen the reports and the newspaper headlines-"School Closed for
   Mercury Contamination Investigation, and "School Closed for Mercury Cleanup.
   "  There is still a lot of mercury sitting in schools and there are many
   school-related mercury spills that have occurred in the Midwest in the last
   few years.  These spills have cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars to
   clean up not only school property, including school buses, gyms, locker
   and classrooms, but also homes to which students have brought mercury from
   the schools.

   The United States Environmental Protection Agency invites you to attend a
   free half-day workshop on mercury on Saturday, September 16, from 10AM until
   3PM at the Chicago Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott St, Chicago, Illinois,
   located on the west campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

   The Union is accessible by public transportation (Blue Line CTA, Polk
Stree /
   Medical Center exit).  There is some street parking available on Wood Street
   or on Taylor Street.  There are also some pay lots nearby.

    Please help us to advertise this widely, so that we can reach as many
   as possible on this important issue.

   This workshop will train you to:

   (1) educate students, teachers and administrators about the health hazards
   and environmental fate of mercury;
   (2) ensure the proper management and recycling of mercury and mercury
   containing products at schools;
   (3) help you find no cost or low cost mercury disposal opportunities;
   (4) promote use of alternative products that do not contain mercury;
   (5) prevent mercury spills and promote ;
   and possibly most important--
   (6) bring the message home, so that students and their families can learn
   about less toxic alternatives.

   You will also receive a set of teaching activities,  "Mercury: In Your
   Community and Environment" that you can share  with educators /
   administrators in your community and region.

   If you are planning to attend this workshop, please contact Maryann E.
   US EPA Region 5 Regional Team Manager, Children's Health, at  (312) 886-9077
   or by e-mail at suero.maryann@epa.gov as soon as possible, so that we can
   have materials available for all participants.

   Thank you,
   Maryann Suero
   (312) 886-9077

Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)

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