The news about New York schools being filled with PCBs is everywhere. A school in Staten Island was closed a couple weeks ago after a check on a “leaky light” showed that two classrooms had PCBs at 1,000 to 12,000 ppm. The acceptable level is 50 ppm.
That has started something of a firestorm, resulting in ANOTHER Staten Island school being shut down for the same problem.
Apparently, the city doesn’t consider the leaking lights to be an immediate health concern, but it also admits that replacing all of the light fixtures in its 800 schools would cost $1 billion, so there’s probably some correlation between those two factoids.
Now those problematic lights have been fixed, and the schools have been reopened. But I have to wonder whether or not the problem has been solved, or if they’ve just put a band-aid on it.