Recently, Brooklyn’s John Ericsson Middle School 126 has finally been cleared of its Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contaminated soil.
The middle school’s perimeter had tested positive for the presence of PCBs back in 2011. It was suspected that buildings that experienced construction work between 1950-1977 could have been exposed to the toxic substance due to the caulk used during that time. John Ericsson Middle School was found to have more than the acceptable limit of PCBs in 4306 square feet surrounding the building along its perimeter. The removal project costing $520,000 took nearly a month to complete as approximately 320 cubic yards of soil was removed from the premise.
PCBs are a known carcinogen that has been linked to causing cancer in many citizens across the nation. Despite this, New York City Department of Education claim that there should be no health concerns involving the contaminant. Toxic substances can be located in even the most unsuspecting places. They often lack a distinct scent or any other outward indication of its presence. If you or someone you love has been exposed to toxic substances, contact Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about your legal options.