Gallery: EPA Wants 5-Year Removal Plan for PCB Leaking Lights in NYC Sc...

The EPA and the speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, have joined forces in calling for the replacement of public school light fixtures leaking PCBs. Back in March, the EPA rejected the Bloomberg administration’s 10-year removal plan, and now the agency is pushing for a five-year removal deadline. High levels of PCBs have been found leaking into multiple city schools, and parents and officials want the fixtures removed immediately. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were banned by Congress more than 30 years ago due to their high toxicity and adverse health effects, but they are still present in old lighting fixtures hanging in most of New York City’s schools.

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