Children's Environmental Health
Other State Agencies' Initiatives
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
In 2001, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) established the Mercury-Free Zone Program. The goals of the program are: (1) to remove mercury from schools in Minnesota; (2) to identify and encouraging the use of mercury-free replacement products; and (3) to educate students, teachers and staff about the dangers of mercury. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) partners with the MPCA to carry out this program.
School Bus Retrofits and Idle Reduction
Diesel fumes can be particularly harmful to children, who face greater exposure to diesel exhaust from school buses, especially when buses are idling during loading and unloading periods. The MPCA provides resources for schools interested in developing no-idling policies and for sharing information about the health risks of diesel fumes from idling buses.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
IPM in Schools
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which is the lead agency for pesticide regulation and monitoring in Minnesota, provides consultation and educational materials to schools about pesticide use and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In addition, the MDA works closely with the MDH and others to investigate reports of pesticide misuse; to evaluate possible health risks from pesticide exposures; and to require licensing and training of applicators who apply pesticides for hire.
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