NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Activists have filed a lawsuit demanding that New York City move faster to remove lighting fixtures tainted with the toxic chemicals known as PCBs from hundreds of public schools.
City officials announced a 10-year plan in February to replace the aging fluorescent lights. The lighting fixtures can leak PCBs over time.READ MORE: Juneteenth Celebrations Across New York City Take On New Meaning In 2021
The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on behalf of a parents’ group. Miranda Massie, a lawyer with the group, told The Wall Street Journal that the work could be done in about two years.
Department of Education spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said the 10-year plan is responsible and will cause minimum disruption.READ MORE: Man Allegedly Armed With Taser, Large Knife Arrested At Washington Square Park
PCBs are suspected of causing cancer and other diseases.
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