Tomorrow, Melissa and the Community Education Council for School District 4 will hold a community discussion on a toxic chemical called PCBs, which has been found in many of our local schools. We hope you will join us to get informed and participate in a discussion about what actions we can take as a community to ensure that our schools are PCB-free. All members of our community are welcome, particularly parents with children in public schools.
PCBs are toxic chemicals that do not degrade and accumulate in the body. Children and pregnant women are more sensitive to PCBs than adults and repeated exposure has been linked to nervous and immune system effects and learning disabilities in children. Inhalation of PCBs can cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses PCBs were heavily used in the construction of schools between 1950 and 1978 in window caulking and the ballasts in class room lighting.
There may be hundreds of schools throughout the city that have PCBs, but the City has only committed to clearing out PCBs in a period of 10 years. Melissa has joined with other elected officials in stating that this is unacceptable and that it must be done in a shorter amount of time.
Please join us tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center to learn more about this issue!