From the Daily News
The city now acknowledges finding illegal levels of toxins in 19 public schools across the city.
The 19 schools are in addition to six public schools where lab tests commissioned by the Daily News last year found illegal levels of polychlorinated biphenyls in window caulking.
The findings add momentum to a lawsuit filed by Naomi Gonzalez, whose two children attend Public School 178 in Co-op City — one of the schools tested by The News.
Gonzalez last month filed the first stage of a lawsuit designed to force the city Department of Education to remove PCB-laced caulking from all public schools.
Since The News’ investigation, the School Construction Authority has tested caulking for PCBs prior to doing renovation work, in accordance with new state guidelines.
“Of 77 schools undergoing renovation work last summer, 19 had caulk with PCB concentrations greater than 50 parts per million,” the DOE said in a statement.
By federal law, any material with PCB contamination of 50 ppm or higher is considered hazardous waste and must be removed immediately.
Why does Mike Bloomberg want kids to study in toxic environments so badly? Or is he going to pull another Air Force One photo op excuse out of his ass and claim he didn't know about this, either?