Toxic Cleaners ALERT
UPdate Fall 1999
Regional School Board recently decided to use an all-purpose
cleaner containing an Endocrine Disruptor
(APEO), an unknown dye, and an unknown Nitrogen-bearing material.
This decision has has parents with concerns about the environment and health
in schools upset. CASLE members chose to remove themselves from the
board's Product Evaluation Committee due to serious
flaws in committee procedures and in
the selection process, so that CASLE
would not be seen as approving of any
product chosen from such a process.
project was to choose a less-toxic, economic and efficient all-purpose
cleaner for use in the entire Halifax Region. CASLE is very concerned
because there were at least three other effective, less toxic and cost-effective
products in the competition. Several major international cleaner
manufacturers have voluntarily removed APEOs - chemicals which mimic, replace
or disrupt communication between hormones of humans and other living things
- from their products, and at least two other school boards in Nova Scotia
already ban such materials. It is estimated that over a three year
period this decision could result in 3.5 tons of pure APEO entering the
waters of the Halifax Region.
CASLE has been
assured that the newly hired Director of Operations will be
putting a fair and well run tender
process in place for the future. That much is good, but at time of
writing, CASLE is continuing to try to have the all-purpose cleaner decision
changed. A less toxic alternative called Vision is available at principals'