Frequent Questions

What is the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign?

Every year, throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on school incidents involving chemicals such as spills and fires. These incidents may involve potentially dangerous chemicals that had been unused for long periods of time. In addition to potential exposures of students and teachers, and financial costs, these spills may also cause school closures, resulting in a loss of valuable education time.

The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) seeks to address this issue by not only cleaning out excess, legacy, unused, and improperly stored chemicals but also by going a step further and implementing policies and practices that prevent future chemical management problems..

In summer of 2004, EPA provided initial funding to the ten regions to support Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) programs. Each region used this money to fund former, current, or newly developed school cleanout and prevention programs in schools with a self-identified need for assistance.

The goals of the SC3 are to:

- remove potentially harmful chemicals from K-12 schools
- prevent future chemical environmental health and safety issues in K-12 schools through training, curriculum change, and in the long term management solutions
- raise national awareness of the issue of chemicals in schools and promote workable solutions.

The ultimate goal of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign is to decrease the number of school days lost due to poor chemical management and chemical spills, which is likely to improve the learning environment in K-12 schools.

More information on the SC3, including details for students, teachers, and the community, is available at the following URL:  http://www.epa.gov/schools/chemicals.html.

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