Children's Environmental Health
Other State Agencies' Initiatives
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Mercury-Free Zone Program
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.
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.
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Protect Children from Diesel Fumes
The MOEA, in collaboration with the MDH and other organizations, is working to provide resources to schools to assist in protecting children from exposure to diesel bus fumes.
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