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ALBANY, New York (ENS) — --> Governor George Pataki signed legislation Wednesday that protects children, teachers and all school personnel from toxic cleaning products used by many schools.

New York state schools will now use healthy and green cleaning products.

Said Healthy Schools Network Executive Director Claire Barnett, “This is a clean, green sweep that will eliminate hundreds of out-dated toxic products, reduce the risk of poisonous chemical spills, improve indoor air quality, and boost environmental businesses. These products are also kinder to the custodians who work with them daily. This is a quadruple win: for children, for personnel, for schools, and for business.”

Jeff Jones, director of communications for Environmental Advocates and Chair of the Healthy Schools Network NYS Policy Committee said, “The environmental community joins in celebrating this important victory and thanking Governor Pataki for his environmental health leadership.”

Stephen Boese, New York state director for the Healthy Schools Network, observed, “The use of toxic cleaning chemicals is clearly a strong health, environment, and education issue that has won support from the state leadership."

This legislation was promised by the Governor in his 2005 State of the State address, released by the Governor in coordination with the observance of National Healthy Schools Day in April 2005, and passed by both Houses of the Legislature in June.

The Healthy Schools Network supports policy reforms and funds to address school environments in New York and federally with state and national partner organizations. The group won The Healthy Schools Network supports policy reforms and funds to address school environments in New York and federally with state and national partner organizations. U.S. EPA Children’s Health Protection Award in 2005.

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