The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has moved forward in their environmental testing process at Malibu High School for PCB’s. A high incidence of thyroid cancer among school employees started the process last year.
Tests and cleaning were done over winter break, but some tests were performed with windows open. Later tests were done with windows closed and results from those tests are expected to be released soon.
Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB’s, were used as “coolant fluids in electrical equipment, cutting fluids in machining operations, carbon paper and heat transfer fluids.” In 1979, US PCB production was banned. PCB’s have been proven to cause cancer in humans. Read more at CommunityWindowOnTheShipyard.org
PCB’s entered our environment by being sprayed on roads and used in pesticides. They were believed to be completely safe, so no limitations were placed on their use. PCB’s were also disposed of directly into the environment–something else we would never do today. PCB’s are a continuing problem because they have not been cleaned up. They do not break down on their own.
Alliance Environmental Group is experienced cleaning up all kinds of hazardous materials, including PCB’s. “Site remediation involves the removal of pollutants and contaminants from the land, and may involve soil, water bodies, ground water and/or air in the surrounding area. The pollutants may include hazardous waste and materials, requiring disposal through a federally licensed waste company.”
If your site is contaminated with hazardous materials, Alliance can help. Whether a school, a manufacturing plant, or another facility, your employees and visitors cannot afford to be exposed to hazardous chemicals and carcinogens. Don’t let it go another day!