Posts By William Walsh

PCBs in Schools – Old Fluorescent Light Fixtures

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PCBs in Schools – Old Fluorescent Light Fixtures

In a previous blog post PCBs and health concerns in schools, I described how caulking and older overhead fluorescent lighting are the two leading sources of toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination within a building. In this post, I focus on PCBs in fluorescent lighting in New York City schools, which illustrates a problem that also…

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PCBs and Health Concerns: Toxic Chemicals in Schools — Especially Older Ones

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Many school districts face a toxic chemical threat within their aging school buildings. Approximately half of the public buildings constructed between 1950 and 1978 contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) well above federally permitted levels. The PCBs within the buildings are often present at 200 to 1000 times this permitted level. Remediating PCBs within buildings in order…

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