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Fwd: [mercury_policy] RE: FW: Mercury in schools - gym floors

>>> Tim.Tuominen@WLSSD.Duluth.MN.US 9/21/2005 10:14:28 AM >>>
The MPCA in MN did some work on this 5-10 years ago.  I would call
Gilkeson at MPCA: (651) 296-9150.
Tim Tuominen 
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District 
2626 Courtland Street 
Duluth, MN  55806 
Phone: (218) 740-4815 
Fax:  (218) 727-7471 
Email:  tim.tuominen@wlssd.duluth.mn.us 


From: Andy Bray [mailto:abray@newmoa.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 9:15 AM
To: Mercury Policy, Legislation, and Regulations
Cc: 'Rick Yoder'
Subject: [mercury_policy] FW: Mercury in schools - gym floors

See the request below regarding mercury use in gym flooring.  Thank
for any assistance you can provide.
Andy Bray
Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
129 Portland Street, Sixth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
617-367-8558 ext. 306
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From: owner-nin@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-nin@great-lakes.net] On
Behalf Of Rick Yoder
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 9:57 AM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net; LISTSERV@LISTSERV.CDC.GOV; p2r7@p2ric.org;
Sims, Teresa; Nicole L Carritt
Subject: Mercury in schools - gym floors

Hello, all - and apologies for cross posting: 

We're having a discussion in our region about mercury used as a
in polymer gym floors.  ATSDR has a description of the issue found in
3M Tartan brand floor used in Westerville, OH,which you can read here:


We don't wish to reinvent the wheel on this, so this is a call simply
find out if anyone has already done some legwork on this issue. (But
knowing the members of this list as I do, I'm sure I will receive some
good advice as well.)  Otherwise, we'll have some calling to do: 
1) Have mercury-free competing products to the 3M Tartan brand been
identified?  Does the 3M Tartan brand still use Hg? 
2) Does an ASTM standard exist for this flooring?  Is there an
that would have recommended boilerplate construction contract
specifications which apply, e.g. AIA,  CSI? 
3) Where else is this type of flooring used?  I'm guessing it might be
useful in places where people are on their feet for long periods of
time, as an upgrade from a simple concrete floor... 
4) Has anyone put together a flyer/fact sheet advising schools what
their options are regarding existing floors, e.g., encapsulation,
testing and disposal...? 
5) Anyone familiar with the status of the followup action mentioned in
the "Health Consultation" link above? 

I think the prevention approach here is pretty straightforward: 
 - identify the depth & breadth of use, and try to encourage
material choices on the part of the consumer, either through altering
the technical specifications which call for its use, or through
the awareness of the potential purchaser 
-  identify the manufacturers of this mercury containing material, and
encourage alternative materials use in product formulation 

thanks in advance for your help. 

Richard Yoder, PE <mailto:ryoder@unomaha.edu> 
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