The American Chemistry Council (ACC) was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for recently entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a partnership between ACC’s Responsible Care initiative and EPA’s Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3). ACC attended the national launch of the program and received recognition as a program partner at a ceremony held at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA. The event was attended by representatives from the EPA, Department of Education, Arlington County Public Schools and various industry partners.
According to an ACC press release, chemicals are essential educational tools, allowing students to make scientific discoveries, create works of art and enhance the educational foundation for future jobs and endeavors when used properly. However, chemicals are not managed properly in some schools, and after several school incidents involving mismanaged chemicals, EPA along with state and industry partners created the local and regional SC3 program in 2004. The Department of Education joined the partnership in 2006, creating a national program in 2006.
ACC has signed this MOU with the objective of forming a knowledgeable and motivated network of government and industry representatives who are working to promote the safety of students, school staff and their surrounding communities from mismanaged chemicals. The SC3 program creates a safer learning environment by helping schools remove improperly stored or outdated chemicals, prevent unnecessary chemical accumulations and raise awareness of safety precautions.