The City of New York was commended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for replacing toxic lighting fixtures in 833 New York public school facilities.
According to the EPA report, the original lights in question contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which the EPA considers a probable carcinogen and dangerous to the nervous, immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems of the human body.
The replacement of lights can improve energy efficiency from 30 to 50 percent, the EPA said in a press release. An evaluation by the city into 28 of the participating schools found the annual energy cost saving between US$11,131 and $74,479.
For more information on the EPA’s ongoing efforts to address the PCB problem in public facilities, click here to see its guidance report.