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Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them.

Approximately 88 of the borough’s elementary, middle and high schools were built or underwent renovations during the 1960s and 1970s when construction workers used caulking on window and door frames that was laced with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

These chemical compounds are considered “highly toxic” and cause skin diseases. They’re also suspected of causing birth defects and cancer.

Fueled by growing public concern, State Senator Carl Kruger is introducing legislation demanding that the city test all public schools believed to be contaminated with PCBs.

“The city refuses to accept responsibility for exposing children to a chemical that has been banned since 1977

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Private from Brooklyn says:
Ten teachers were diagnosed with cancer on the floor I work on and I am sick. My close friend just gave birth to two babies who were diagnosed with cancer. The school is Shallow Intermediate School and I also discovered that the school was investigated twenty years ago because several women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of the teachers diagnosed have been working at the school for a long time. I do not believe this is a coincidence.
Jan. 15, 6:28 pm

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