Photo Credit: New Jersey Education Association

It’s uncertain how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey are emitting a level of mercury vapor that’s unsafe for the students and adults who come in contact with them daily.

While new guidance from the state aims to get a better idea of the problem’s reach and help schools determine whether their rubber-like gym floor is cause for concern and may need to be removed, a coalition of healthy-school advocates believes the update falls short in a number of areas.

“Part of our recommendation has been and continues to be that they conduct a statewide survey of rubberized floors,” said Heather Sorge, campaign organizer for Healthy Schools Now with the NJ Work Environment Council. “Our staff and our children, our students should not be in an environment where they’re being exposed to mercury vapor.” Read More