View Full Version : All NYC Parents plan to sue NYC DOE over speedy removal of lights possibly contaminated with PCBs

07-21-2011, 08:26 AM
From N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/07/20/2011-07-20_parents_plan_to_sue_doe_over_speedy_removal_of_ pcb_light_fixtures_at_nyc_schools.html) by Jennifer H. Cunningham:

The city is violating federal law by allowing lights leaking a cancer-causing agent to remain in public schools, a new federal lawsuit charges.

Parents of students are suing the city to speed up its time frame for removing the possibly contaminated lights.

The parents, from New York Communities for Change accuse city schools of violating of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by having outdated "T12" lighting ballasts, which may leak PCBs, according to the suit filed Wednesday.

In 1979, the Environmental Protection Agency banned PCBs, which were used in electrical resistors to control lights and have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects and learning difficulties.

In spot checks earlier this year, the EPA found elevated PCB levels in every city school tested, according to the lawsuit.

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