PCBs, known as polychlorinated biphenyls, are a persistent organic pollutant that was banned by the United States Congress in 1979 and by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.
PCB exposure is associated with permanently depressed IQ, increased risk of attentional deficits, hormonal and immune disruptions, among other serious health problems. PCBs are known to cause cancer in animals, and are considered possible carcinogens in humans.
Though PCBs were banned, it still exists in many school buildings built between the 1930's and late 1970's. What is very disturbing is that thousands of school children are unkowingly being exposed to PCBs, and there are no laws or regulations mandating school districts to test for its presence. School districts have to test for asbestos and lead, but not for PCBs
The purpose of this web site is to educate and increase awareness among the general public, political leaders, federal, state and local health agencies, environmental consultants about PCB contamination in our schools, and the need for Mandatory Testing.
Did You Know?
Students in thr Hartford School District are relocaing due to PCB COntmination .
The law firm of Baron & Budd is offering free PCB testing to schools that were built between 1950 and 1980..
Photos of PCB Contaminated Schools
Approximately 591 cubic yards of soil were excavated and transported and disposed off site at
Clean Earth of Philadelphia, Inc.
PCB Contaminated Masonry Caulking on front column at the
French Hill Elementary School in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Caulk contained 60,000 ppm of PCB (Aroclor 1254 and 1260). Caulk is 6.0% PCB.
Wipe sample of caulk yielded 22,700 ug/100 cm2.PCBs migrated/ leached to the top surface of caulk.
Link to French Hill Final PCB Report
PCB Removal Project at Lake Region School in Maine
Notice the abatement and removal of the surrounding window brick.Click here to view more photos
Middle School in Massachusetts. with PCB-laden caulk.
Caulk has 5,010 ppm of PCB (Aroclor 1254)
Middle School Sample Report