Chemicals no longer used for science classes have been removed from two Beatrice district schools.
They included acids, mercury and flammable toxics, and their containers had been sitting in storage closets and cabinets.
A hazardous-waste disposal company based in Norwell, Mass., Clean Harbors, cleared away a total of 320 pounds of chemicals from
Beatrice High School and Beatrice Middle School.
The removal is a result of the Nebraska Chemical Clearout Campaign. The campaign is a joint effort by Keep Nebraska Beautiful, the Nebraska Environmental Quality Department and the Nebraska Education Department.
Alan Grell, of Keep Nebraska Beautiful, says the campaign has been increasing the safety of schools for nearly eight years.
Clean Harbors takes the chemicals for incineration at a facility in Arkansas.
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