D51 health & safety manager receives prestigious award

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO News)-- You may remember the mercury situation at a local school earlier this year. On Tuesday evening, a District 51 faculty member was recognized for how he handled the situation.

Petie Pope is D51's environmental health and safety manager. He was presented the "agent of change" award at a conference for the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. This comes after Pope's efficient cleanup of the mercury exposure at Chipeta Elementary this past April.

"We are recognized as a leader. The state has come to us for information for other school districts to try to get them to utilize hazardous waste facilities like Mesa County for chemistry lab waste, animal dissections, and even general things like paint and solvent," says Pope.

Pope says he is honored for receiving this award. At Tuesday’s meeting the school board recognized Pope in a public presentation.

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