NYLPI Demands that EPA Maintain Protections for PCBs
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), with the support of nearly thirty organizations, experts, elected officials, advocates, and parents, recently submitted written comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding that they maintain critical regulatory protections for the toxic compounds polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
NYLPI has been working on a campaign with NYC parents and community members for approximately two years to rid schools of PCBs in window and doorframe caulking. The presence of PCBs in caulk is an emerging children’s health issue in the United States and there is extensive scientific research confirming the threat PCBs pose to human health.
Over the course of the campaign, EPA recognized the problem, generated new guidances, and announced two national studies. In addition, EPA Region 2 has forced the NYC Department of Education to do a pilot study on the scope of the problem here.
Now, however, EPA is considering gutting the regulations that prohibit levels of PCBs over 50 parts per million in caulk. The letter strongly urged the EPA not to take this large step back from the progress we have made and insisted that the regulations need to be more restrictive rather than relaxed.