Wednesday, December 5, 2012

To Speed Removal of PCBs from NYC Schools, Comptroller Liu Proposes Bonds

P.S. 8. Photo: MK Metz
City Comptroller John C. Liu recommends the city issue special bonds to speed up the removal of PCB-contaminated light fixtures from New York City public schools.

By issuing Green Apple Bonds, Liu hopes to rid city schools of the hazardous light fixtures by 2015, six years ahead of the city’s current schedule and at savings of $339 million. The Brooklyn Eagle reports the story.

Liu's plan has been applauded by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Environmental Protection Agency, parents and representatives.

Photo: Seanmasn
More than 700 schools across the city have PCB-containing lighting fixtures and caulk. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) have been linked to cancer, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive and immune disorders.

These schools include: P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights; P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights; P.S. 15 in Red Hook; Arts & Letters in Fort Greene; P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill; I.S. 98 Bay Academy in Bay Ridge; M.S. 51 in Park Slope; Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies; Khalil Gibran International Academy and hundreds more.

- Liu proposes bonds to speed removal of toxic PCBs from NYC schools  Brooklyn Eagle

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