Friday, June 15, 2012

City Admits That There ARE Toxic PCBs at Two Carroll Gardens Schools

The city's Department of Education admitted on Friday that toxic PCBs are indeed dripping from contaminated lighting fixtures at two Carroll Gardens schools.

DOE told the Brooklyn Eagle that the city would remove leaking fixtures from P.S. 146 Brooklyn New School and M.S. 448 Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies (at 610 Henry Street) early next week.

Parents, representatives and advocacy organizations have been holding protest marches and signing petitions since the beginning of the school year but couldn't seem to catch DOE's attention.

The Eagle reports that hundreds of 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.

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