Cobble Hill’s P.S. 29 has been included on the School Construction Authority’s list (PDF) of buildings that that have old lighting fixtures containing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, according to The Cobble Hill Blog.
According to the survey, PCBs were legally used between 1950 and 1979 in lighting fixtures, but in 1979, the federal government banned the use of PCBs without proper guidelines for their removal.
The Department of Education conducted a survey (as outlined in the report) in June and found that 754 school buildings contain light fixtures with PCBs.
The Department of Health has a fact sheet (PDF), which includes more information on PCBs.
On December 12 at 10 a.m., Congressman Jerrold Nadler, along with representatives of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, NARAL, Planned Parenthood NYC and others, will assemble on the steps of City Hall, in lower Manhattan, to demand that action be taken to remove PCBs from schools.