ATLANTA, GA (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) was one of eleven organizations recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for promoting responsible chemical management and helping remove potentially dangerous chemicals from K-12 schools in their communities.
ADEM was recognized for providing chemical removal services and chemical management guidance to the state's K-12 schools.
The agency has provided safe storage guidance; lab packed and removed waste chemicals for proper treatment and disposal; promoted micro-scale chemistry; and promoted partnering with Alabama Science in Motion, which has supplied lab chemicals and equipment and removed unused chemicals, experiment wastes, and unneeded equipment.
The agency's work has resulted in 8,640 pounds of waste chemicals removed from 36 Alabama schools. The ADEM also coordinated with Alabama Science in Motion to respond to an emergency request to assist a school with the cleanup, removal, and disposal of chemicals after the school was damaged by a tornado.