The city Health Department has confirmed one case and suspects a second case of botulism. The botulism is believed to have come from tofu bought at a store in Flushing.
The federal lawsuit was filed by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on behalf of a parents’ group. Department of Education spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said the 10-year plan is responsible and will cause minimum disruption.
The city will begin seeking bids for a 10-year, $708 million city-wide clean up. It’s a move that for concerned parents and local elected officials couldn’t come soon enough.
The agency took 14 samples from light fixtures at P.S. 206, P.S. 37 and P.S. 112 and found that 12 were above the regulatory limit. The three schools are located at 508 E. 120th St.
The EPA said the chemicals were leaking from old fluorescent light fixtures.
The city said replacing the fixtures at approximately 800 schools would cost $1 billion.
Toxic troubles have hit a school on Staten Island after elevated PCB levels were detected at P.S. 36 in Annadale. Despite attemptes by parents to keep it off limits, the school is open for business today.
Choking hazards and toxic chemicals are among the dangers outlined in the New York Public Interest Research Group’s “Trouble in Toyland” report.