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Concern over toxic schools renewed

September 14, 2012

NEW YORK — After a custodian found another leaking light, parents are demanding action to prevent potential PCB exposure, according to WLNY-TV.

The latest school affected is I.S. 204 in Long Island City, Queens, where officials say a custodian found a light fixture leaking liquid with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) onto the floor of a counselor’s office, the article stated.

classroom lights"The room was closed. We removed the fixture last night. We are following protocol and will be notifying parents," said Department of Education spokesperson Marge Feinberg.

According to the article, last week, a fifth grader at a different school was in class when a light ballast dripped onto her desk and her clothes.

"PCBs are volatilizing in the air. It is contaminating the air. So, every student in that classroom is breathing contaminated PCBs," said Christina Giorgio of New York Lawyers for Public Interest.