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10/3/2012

More than 1,600 pounds of chemicals removed from county schools

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Jim Mansfield, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4016
Jim.Mansfield@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Clark County, in cooperation with school districts and Educational Service District 112, has removed more than 1,650 pounds of unwanted or unsafe chemicals from 14 schools.

Scott La Bar, senior loss control specialist with ESD 112, said the recent collection effort has made Clark County schools “safer places this year for our staff and students.”

The cooperative effort removed chemicals from classrooms and other facilities. Participating school districts included Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson, Ridgefield and Vancouver.

The effort to remove unwanted chemicals from schools dates back to 2003, when the county received a grant from Washington State Department of Ecology to launch a program patterned after King County’s “Rehab the Lab.”

The Clark County program helped school staff identify and dispose of unwanted chemicals. During the first year, more than 2,700 pounds were collected.

For additional information, call Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352

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