WPR News
8:34 pm
Thu June 2, 2005

EPA to Help Schools Remove Hazardous Materials

Laramie, Wy – The Environmental Protection Agency is teaming up with schools in Wyoming to remove dangerous chemicals from science labs.
During a previous effort the state removed 4000 pounds of chemicals including toxic substances like mercury, arsenic and sodium cyanide. Matt Langenfeld with the E-P-A says some of the materials ended up in the schools quite a while ago. He says in the 1950s and 60s there was a program to acquire materials to encourage more people to get into science, but they came to realize that these materials have been around for a long time and they are an accident looking for a place to happen.
The E-P-A is giving the Department of Education a 52 thousand dollar grant to run this clean-up program. Langenfeld says there is a system set up to leave enough chemicals in the schools to run normal science experiments.