Old light fixtures like these can leak PCBs in NYC schools (Image © Andrew via Creative Commons)
Since the beginning of the year, the EPA has tested the lighting fixtures in nine New York City schools for PCBs — and all nine tests showed elevated levels of the toxic chemical. After months of dragging their feet, city officials announced yesterday that they will replace all of the outdated fixtures containing PCBs in 772 schools over the next ten years. The city has allocated $708 million of the capital budget to make the switch possible, which is also being billed as an effort to make schools more energy-efficient. The removal is a step in the right direction, but many believe that the plan does not solve the problem fast enough.
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