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Parents Sue NY Schools For Slow PCB Cleanup

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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest has filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York Communities for Change, a group who is representing the parents of children in New York City schools, have filed a federal lawsuit in US District Court in Brooklyn against the N.Y. Department of Education and the N.Y. City School Construction Authority, alleging the city’s plan to replace old, PCB-tainted light fixtures over a period of 10 years violates the Toxic Substances Control Act, and puts school children at risk.

Officials from the EPA and members of City Council have called for a five year or less completion time frame. Lawyers for the families feel the job should be done in two.

The light fixture replacement job consists of inspecting some 564,000 ballasts in 772 schools, and replacing the ones that are leaking PCBs, a toxic chemical compound. The E.P.A. has said that many fixtures in schools across N.Y. are over 30 years old, far past their 10- to 15-year life span , and Miranda Massie, legal director for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest says that “with every passing month, more of them will fail and leak, and more children and school employees will face utterly needless, and serious, risks to their health,” as reported by the New York Times. disclaimer: This article: Parents Sue NY Schools For Slow PCB Cleanup was posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 7:54 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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