2012-03-23 / Top Stories

Councilman Sanders Confronts PCP Problems

Polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, is one of the most dangerous and toxic substances that most people will encounter in their daily lives, says Councilman James Sanders Jr. Widely used throughout the 20th century in the caulking around light fixtures in city buildings, today many people are unaware of the dangers posed by the substance each time they go to work, enter a public building, or, perhaps most frighteningly, send their children to school.

Sanders has been at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness among parents of NYC public school children ever since a report was released showing highly toxic levels of PCBs in schools throughout his district. In particular, seven schools in Far Rockaway were found to have potentially dangerous levels of PCBs in light fixtures.

Councilman Sanders will host an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at the Ocean Bay Community Center, located at 5710 Beach Channel Drive, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Councilman will be joined by representatives from NY Communities for Change who will address both the dangers of PCBs and the campaign to accelerate Mayor Bloomberg’s 10 year plan to remove them completely from NYC Schools.

“I know this can be a scary and potentially sensitive issue for parents and school administrators alike,” Sanders said. “Our job in government is not to scare or antagonize but to honestly inform; to present the facts and plainly and truthfully as we can in order to arm our constituents with information. That’s what this meeting is all about, and I hope that parents of public school students from throughout the Rockaways will attend so they can get a full and fair accounting of the dangers posed by these chemicals and what we can do to help push them out of our schools as quickly as possible.

“Every parent wants their child safe at school,” continued the Councilman. “Only by publicly discussing this matter can we hope to get the truth about the dangers, and perhaps, the myths about PCBs.”

For more information, please contact the Councilman’s district office at 718-527-4356.

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