Gallery: Discovery of Asbestos Complicates Removing PCB Leaking Lights ...

The fact that PCBs have been leaking into New York City’s schools for months is bad enough, but now the situation has been even further complicated with the discovery of asbestos. While inspecting the hundreds of thousands of lighting fixtures for PCB leaks, the Department of Education discovered that the fixtures had been insulated with asbestos, which introduces even more health concerns. The fixtures are being removed as part of a 10 year plan put forth by the city, but the EPA has rejected Bloomberg’s 10 year plan, instead pushing for a 5-year removal timeline. However, the precautions necessary for removing asbestos make it very difficult to work quickly.

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  1. Charles Neslon August 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Although asbestos can be hard to remove, it is good that they take so many precautions in actually taking care of it. I have a grandfather who died of asbestos poising. Seeing him go through that makes me completely understand why they take so many precautions like this.

  2. mkseamus May 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Great article. The asbestos issue is an overlooked world tragedy.