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CORY A. BOOKER, gone Wnited States Senate June 28, 2019 Andrew Wheeler Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Robert Redfield Administrator Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 4770 Buford Highway NE Atlanta, GA 30341 Elliot Kaye Commissioner U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 4330 East West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814 Dear Administrator Wheeler, Administrator Redfield, and Commissioner Kaye: I write today regarding rubberized polyurethane floors which were widely installed in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community centers, and other public spaces starting in the 1960s. It is my understanding that synthetic flooring made using phenyl mercuric acetate (PMA) as a catalyst may release mercury vapor into the air as the flooring deteriorates. Because mercury is a persistent bioaccumulative neurotoxin with great potential for harm, particularly for children and other vulnerable populations, the possibility of consistent exposure in schools and elsewhere is cause for grave concern. ‘The New Jersey Department of Health recently adopted standards for mercury levels considered safe for school children and staff, which were calculated based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s airborne exposure Reference Concentration (REC) level for lifetime exposure. According to reports, multiple schools in New Jersey have been found to have emissions that exceed this limit, and hundreds have yet to be tested. Other states around the country have also developed standards based on the EPA’s RIC level, but many remain uncware of the potential hazard of mercury vapor from PMA floors. I respectfully request that your agencies work together to evaluate the risk from mercury exposure from PMA flooring, and if appropriate, adopt an official risk assessment model that can be used to evaluate indoor air contamination from PMA flooring nationwide. Furthermore, I request that your agencies create and implement a plan to communicate the potential hazards of PMA floors to school distriets and the general public about the danger from PMA floors, and update your fact sheets and literature on mercury exposure to include these floors. I also request that your agencies publish guidance on best practices to properly address and mitigate the risk of mercury exposure from contaminated flooring, Finally, I request that you investigate what can be done to prevent future mercury exposure from PMA floors or to reduce the use of mereury catalysts in flooring materials in the future. Our children deserve access to education without risk of toxic exposure, and under no circumstances should the health and safety of our nation’s children be jeopardized while they are at school. School children, faculty and staff, and the public are at risk from this potential hazard. I greatly appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff at (973) 639-8700. Sincerely, Cory A. Booker United States Senator ce: Betsy DeVos Secretary USS. Department of Education Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20024