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.

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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.

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PCBs are suspected of causing cancer and other diseases.

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