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  1. School Lab Legacy ChemicalsA chronology Dave Waddell Local Haz Waste Mgmt in King County WA dave.waddell@metrokc.gov

  2. 1957 • Sputnik Launched • The U.S. panics

  3. 1960 • Congress & NSF grants in response to Russian threat • $4,000,000 for science education • Sizeable chunk trickles down to secondary schools

  4. 1995 • Wash. Dept. of Ecology launches School Sweeps • Visits to community colleges includes labs • Serious stockroom problems

  5. 1997 • School Sweeps ends- lab training offered • 2 high school lab teachers attend • “That looks like my lab” • Inspect their lab, saw this • Make proposal we fix it

  6. 1998 • Rehab the Lab launched in King County • 100% cost coverage for disposal • $300,000 initial budget for 3 years (later expanded)

  7. 2000 • NAHMMA Boston • Put on 1st 8-hour training on school labs • Attendees from 8 states • Scared the snot out of them • Each state began working on issue (Iowa ran amuck!)

  8. 2002 • Rehab the Lab concludes • $565,000 over 4 years • 38.2 tons of chemicals removed • 577 visits to 324 schools • Bomb squad to over 40 schools • Remember! • This is in one county

  9. 2005 • NBC Nightly News coverage of issue • Multiple states & EPA focusing on issue • Hurricane Katrina plea for help mentions school lab chemicals