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NY Schools Going Greener to Protect Children

Monday, August 28, 2006

New legislation in New York State requires schools to use greener cleaning products. The new regulations, backed by the state School Boards Association and the largest NY teachers union, aim to protect children from the risks of chronic low-level exposure to toxic chemicals. Both public and private elementary and secondary schools are required to comply by limiting the purchase of new products to those on the official NY state list of green cleaners. Traditional cleaning products are known contributors to indoor air pollution, which can be two to five times higher than out-of-doors. NY-based nonprofit, Grassroots Environmental Education, believes the new guidelines are not stringent enough and should be extended to cover more chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. [Source]


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