Public Meetings on Toxins in Our Schools

PCBs in Our Schools
Federally banned toxins knows as
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (“PCBs”) have been
found in NYC school buildings constructed
between 1950 and 1978 – impacting many
schools in every district. Long-term PCB
exposure is linked to childhood cancer, heart
and respiratory disease, permanently depressed
IQs, among other health problems. Since 2010,
the DOE and SCA have conducted a pilot
program at 5 schools (one in each borough) to
study the presence of PCBs in our schools.
Having completed the pilot program, the
DOE/SCA have submitted a Summary Report to
the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) setting
forth their findings and recommendations on
how to address the PCBs (“Recommended
Remediation Methods”).
PCB Sources in Our Schools
Light fixtures and caulking material are the main
sources of PCBs. As a result of litigation brought
by NYLPI and New York Communities for Change,
the City must remove all PCB containing light
fixtures by December 31, 2016. How to address
PCBs in caulking remains unresolved and is the
key subject of the City’s pilot program and the
summary report.
Public Meetings and Comments
As listed below, the EPA will hold public
meetings to allow parents and the school

community to comment on the City’s Summary
Report and Recommended Remediation
Method. Although the DOE/SCA have put much
time and effort into the pilot study, EPA retained
peer reviewers and others in the scientific
community have raised concerns with some of
the City’s conclusions and Recommended
Remediation Methods. It is extremely important
parents attend these meetings!
• May 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Highbridge
Green School, 200 W 167th St., Bronx
• June 3 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Stuyvesant
High School, 345 Chambers St., Manhattan
• June 5 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Queens
Gateway, 160-20 Goethals Ave., Queens
• June 9 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm New Dorp
High School, 465 New Dorp Ln., Staten Island
• June 11 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm P.S. 133
William Butler, 610 Baltic St., Brooklyn

Written comments can be submitted to James
Haklar, EPA, 2890 Woodbridge Ave., Bldg 10,
Edison, NJ 08837 until June 30, 2014.

Get Educated and Attend!!!
NYLPI and NYCC would like to help parents
prepare for the upcoming public meetings. The
EPA won’t take a position on the City’s proposal
until after hearing from the public. ontact
Christina Giorgio, staff attorney at (212) 244-
4664 or cgiorgio@nylpi.org for more
information. To view the list of schools likely to
have PCB contaminated caulking, please visit:
http://www.nylpi.org/images/FE/chain234siteType8/sit
e203/client/FINAL___All_schools_Categorized_List_w_d
escrip_March_25_2014.pdf





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