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RE: Microscale Chemistry & Assessments



John,

For what it's worth, Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Waste
Management and Research Center is currently implementing a Pilot Project
at approximately 5 Chicago Area High Schools titled: Chemical Waste
Minimization in the Educational Laboratory. 

This pilot project is an effort to promote waste minimization and
pollution prevention (WM&P2) at the secondary school level. Microscale
chemistry lectures and demonstrations will be presented to high school
chemistry teachers in conjunction with chemical vulnerability
assessments performed at high school chemistry laboratories. 

Argonne's Department of Educational Programs (DEP) and its Pollution
Prevention Program will present the microscale chemistry lectures and
demonstrations and provide equipment kits, instructional manuals, and
other supplies for participating schools. Argonne has conducted similar
workshops for over 300 high school teachers in the Chicago area since
1995. WMRC will conduct chemical vulnerability assessments at each
school. WMRC routinely conducts similar assessments at Illinois
businesses and institutions as part of its function of assisting
Illinois industries, businesses, and citizens to reduce and better
manage generated wastes. 

The goal of this pilot program is to demonstrate the importance of
integrating P2 techniques and assessment strategies into the functions
of the educational laboratory. 

As part of this pilot program, each participating School will receive a
Chemical Vulnerability Assessment Report. This report will contain a
description of observed conditions and provide recommendations or
options for addressing existing concerns. The schools will be able to
use this report to identify and address needs or concerns. 

The Pilot Program should be concluded by early summer of 1999.  A final
report should be completed soon after.  Early indications, from speaking
with participating schools, are that there is a definite need for the
assessment of existing chemical storage areas in most secondary schools,
and also there is a need for the implementation of P2 initiatives, such
as microscale chemistry within secondary schools.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, contact
me at 630-252-1476.

Thanks,

Keith Trychta
Pollution Prevention Coordinator
Argonne national Laboratory-East




-----Original Message-----
From: JOHN BERNARDO [mailto:JBERNARD@deq.state.id.us]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 1999 9:14 AM
To: maguilar@eha.health.state.hi.us; p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: P2 SEPs for Educational Institutions


Marilyn,

What about suggesting micro-scale chemistry to replace traditional, high
volume, hazardous chemistry courses?  A second idea would be to fund the
removal and remediation of chemical stockroom contents, especially the
"unknowns."

John

John A. Bernardo
P2 Coordinator, Idaho DEQ
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID  83706
(208) 373-0114  phone
(208) 373-0342 fax
jbernard@deq.state.id.us