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School Hazards Removed: Trust grants got City to take action

IN THE NEWS: Clips from The New York Times and Amsterdam News Chronicle our efforts.
April 2017 Newsletter

For decades, light fixtures in New York’s public schools leaked polychlorinated biphenyl–even after PCBs were banned because of direct links to cancer and immune and cognitive problems.

In 2011, The City agreed to replace the fixtures over a 10-year period. The slow remediation endangered schoolchildren, so we gave New York Lawyers in the Public Interest $160,000 to speed up the process. The group sued the City, then helped negotiate an agreement to finish removal by the end of 2016. 

That goal was met. Now, more than 880 schools are healthier places for students and staff. The new lights are more energy efficient, as well. 

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