Dangerous chemicals removed from Rhode Island schools

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials say they have removed more than 350 pounds and 100 gallons of hazardous materials from 11 schools throughout the state this year.

The state Department of Environmental Management said Friday the chemicals were removed as part of its School Hazardous Waste Laboratory Chemical Removal project to remove and dispose of 100 banned or unwanted laboratory chemicals.

The agency says already in 2019 a licensed contractor has removed 300 pounds of oily debris, 61 pounds of hazardous waste, and 100 gallons of flammable liquids from schools.

Agency Director Janet Coit is looking for more schools to participate in the program. Participating schools don't pay a thing as the program is funded by the state's Volkswagen settlement funds and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Prevention grant.

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