Some New York Schools Are Concerned About Mercury In Flooring

(Miller Place, NY) -- New York is joining a small group of states to prohibit the installation of mercury-containing flooring in schools.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on legislation noting rubber-like gym floors commonly installed in schools from the 1960s through the 1990s often contained mercury and have begun to deteriorate. He says some of the old floors are now emitting mercury vapors, even in instances where new wooden floors have been installed over the old flooring. In late April, the gym at Miller Place High School on Long Island was forced to close after high levels of mercury vapors were discovered during renovations.

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