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RI Department of Environmental Management
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DEM CELEBRATES POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK WITH DISPLAY AT PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL
Children's Health is this Year's Theme
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), will be promoting national Pollution Prevention Week during the week of September 18 to 24. This year's Pollution Prevention Week theme is a "Healthy Planet = Healthy Kids."
DEM will have a display booth at Providence Place Mall on September 20, 21 and 22 from 10 AM to 3 PM stocked with information pertaining to Pollution Prevention, Household Hazardous Waste, the West Nile Virus, Auto Emission and Safety Testing, Lead Abatement, and Water Conservation.
"Children are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of a polluted environment, including contamination of our air, water, soil, and food supply," said DEM Director Jan Reitsma. "Persistent and toxic contaminants, including lead and mercury, continue to pose significant health threats to children in the Rhode Island. Pollution prevention is the most effective way means to better protect their health."
DEM's Pollution Prevention Program has developed the following action list to reduce and prevent pollution to protect the health of children, and their parents:
For more information on these action items or DEM's Pollution Prevention Program, please call the Office of Technical and Customer Assistance at 222-6822, or visit DEM's website at www.dem.state.ri.us/p2info.htm.