The Environmental Protection Agency will host its third public hearing to discuss and receive feedback on the Department of Education and School Construction Authority’s proposed citywide remediation plan to address polychlorinated biphenyls in caulk and soil at public schools built between 1950 and 1979.
The Queens meeting will be held on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, located at 160-20 Goethals Ave. in Jamaica.
In 2009, New York Communities for Change filed a suit against the DOE on behalf of a parent whose child attended a school with PCB contamination. As part of the settlement, the DOE agreed to removed PCB-contaminated light fixtures in around 750 school buildings by Dec. 2016.
The city has presented the EPA with its preferred remedy and the environmental agency is asking members of the public to ask questions, offer feedback and concerns on how to address PCBs in caulk.
Studies of PCBs show those exposed have an increased risk of a series of cancers and developmental effects.