NYC Schools Continue to Fight PCBs   1 comment

The NYC school system has initiated PCB cleanup efforts within classrooms across the city. The pilot decontamination program took place in three schools and already the city spent $3 million replacing light fixtures at two of them. With a price tag like that, the city could not afford to continue with remediation efforts, so they’ve turned to the federal government. According to the New York Times,

All 13 members of New York City’s Congressional delegation sent a letter on Thursday to Judith Enck, the regional administrator of the E.P.A., asking the agency to take over primary responsibility for the problem from the city Department of Education.

EPAUntil the EPA steps in, the NYC schools hang in limbo (as do the rest of the country’s public schools). Classes continue to be held in rooms shown to contain dangerously high levels of PCBs and there are no short-term recommendations for improving ventilation, such as keeping windows open.

Approximately 700 NYC schools are waiting in line for remediation once the pilot is completed. Now, people are beginning to wonder who should be in charge of this massive undertaking.

The city, in an agreement with the E.P.A., agreed to take the lead role in remediation and testing in January in the more than 700 schools built during that period, but the elected officials gathered outside City Hall Thursday afternoon said that they wanted the E.P.A. back in charge. (New York Times)

To be continued…

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Posted October 16, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

One response to “NYC Schools Continue to Fight PCBs

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  1. Who can possibly afford that? It took $3 million to replace light fixtures at 2 schools, and there’s 700 more in line? Those numbers are staggering…

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