NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – About 700 New York City Schools have been contaminated with PCBs, and today elected officials called for the Department of Education to shorten its cleanup timetable.

They also sounded a warning about the effect on women – both young and old.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

“ABCs not PCBs” was the cry on the steps of City Hall on Monday.

“They cause abnormal menstrual cycle. They cause infertility,” said Dr. David Carpenter with the SUNY Albany Institute for Health and the Environment. “The majority of teachers in New York City public schools are women of reproductive age.”

He added that of women exposed to PCBs will suffer from reduced IQ.

More than a dozen elected officials including, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, called on the Department of Education to shorten its 10 year timeframe to get rid of those poisonous light fixtures.

“It might cause $700 million or even a billion dollars. Two comments: One, so what? The lives of our kids and teachers are worth more than a billion dollars. Number two, we don’t believe that figure,” said Nadler.

“There’s a teacher in one of the schools in my district. She found out she was pregnant. She quit her job because she said ‘I am not going to risk my unborn child’,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.

“Ten more years of poisoning our children and our teachers are not acceptable,” said Nadler.

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Comments (3)
  1. lancaster says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Worse might be the fact that elements within the U.S. Intellignece agencies with intent create their own terrorists by carefully choosing suspects and through many 10’s of years of psycological and physical abuse create their own terrorists. Why, to prop up defense spending.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house, very long term sleep deprivation, etc….
    They have been harrassing me for 20 years.

  2. Educator says:

    Can you tell us which schools have the toxic PCPs?

    1. Greg Basta says:

      You can search at

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