Mandatory Testing of PCBs in Schools

PCB Light Ballasts




PCB Leaking Light Ballasts from NYC School

Source: NY 1

Intact PCB Light Ballast...
from EPA Website


Burnt PCB Light Ballast...
from EPA Website


Proper Maintenance, Removal and Disposal of PCB-COntaining Fluorescent Light Ballasts - EPA Website

PCBs in Schools - EPA

TSCA Disposal Requirements for Fluorescent Light Ballasts

PCB Ballasts - Canada

GE PCB Containing Light Ballasts - General Electric

PCB Lighting in NYC Schools: Dangerous, Inefficient and Obsolete - NY Lawyers for the Public Interest

PCBs in Caulk and Light Ballasts: A Thorny Regulatory Issue for Schools and Others



The City of New York (City) and the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) reached an agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 (EPA) regarding the assessment and remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) Caulk in public school buildings (Consent Agreement and Final Order [CAFO], Docket Number TSCA-02-2010-9201).


As a result of the agreement, the City is undertaking a comprehensive pilot study to evaluate the possible presence of PCB Caulk and preferred remedial alternatives.



Media and News

Council says DOE Must Notify Parents about PCBs in Schools ... Dec, 23, 2011

City releases list of 754 schools that could have toxic PCBs ... December 14, 2911

Removing PCBs From Schools Now Complicated By Asbestos, Says Ed Dept ... April 13, 2011

Timeline For PCBs Removal From Schools Still Not Finalized... April 14, 2011

City Council Letter to EPA Regional Administrator Enck ... March 11, 2011

E.P.A. Rejects City Timeline on PCBs ... NY Times, March 11, 2011

Fixing Phony PCB Problem Could Cost New York Schools a Billion ... The National Center for Public Policy Research ... March 2011

Striking PCB Levels Found at a New York School ... NY Times, February 22, 2011

PCB Q&A: How Toxins Ended Up in City Schools ... Wall Street Journal

Dept. of Education Stares Down $1B Retrofit ... February 14, 2011

Ridding Schools of PCBs ... NY Times, February 11, 2011

Parents Seek More Action on PCBs in Schools. ... NY TImes, February 3, 2011

PCB Q&A: How Toxins Ended Up in City Schools ,,, The Wall Street Journal

Bronx School Is Latest Found With PCBs ... February 7, 2011

EPA Warns of PCB Risks in Schools - Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2010

PCBs in Schools: What about School Maintenance Workers?

Demand for Help on PCBs in Schools ... October 8, 2010



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