Environmental Health

Activists Warn That Toxic PCBs Contaminate Thousands Of U.S. Schools

"Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are industrial chemicals so toxic that Congress banned them 40 years ago. Research has shown that they can cause a range of health concerns, including cancer and neurological problems such as decreased IQ. And yet, because they were commonly used in building materials for decades, they continue to contaminate classrooms in between 13,000 and 26,000 schools nationwide, according to Harvard researchers."

Source: Wash Post, 10/06/2016

E. Chicago Residents Fleeing Lead Contamination Find Few Housing Options

"For Nayesa Walker, the clock started ticking just over a month ago. On Sept. 1, she was given 60 days to find a new home after East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland abruptly announced that the public housing complex where she and her three children live would be demolished. The land is contaminated with lead and arsenic."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 10/05/2016


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