NEW YORK (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to start inspecting New York City schools for PCB contamination early next month.
The federal government wants the city to replace fluorescent light fixtures that might leak PCBs. The city says they pose no immediate danger.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
The city says replacing the fixtures would cost $1 billion and lead to 15,000 teacher layoffs. EPA Regional Commissioner Judith Enck says that figure doesn’t make sense.READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
Schools spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz says the city is working with the Obama administration to find solutions.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Statue Of Polish Hero Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Is Vandalized
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