PCB threat in older schools
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Fox NY highlights the PCB situation in the New York City school system. A parental protest this morning outside IS 204 in Long Island City followed a leak of PCB containing fluids in the school. The fluorescent light ballasts in the school, and in 800 citywide contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). All of these lights were installed before the ban on the use of PCB in 1979, and the lighting has not been replaced since installation. This is just the latest of several PCB leaks throughout the school system’s many buildings in the last few years.

Old school buildings in many communities are attracting both parental and taxpayer attention. Old buildings may mean less than optimal learning conditions for students. Maintenance and modernization costs for these structures can be substantial. Few outside the educational community, however, know about the PCB danger lurking in the lights

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with regulating the handling and disposal of PCBs. The compounds are not legal for use in the United States but remain in many older b…………… continues on Examiner.com

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10000 compact fluorescent bulbs to be distributed
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is stepping up efforts to urge Filipinos to use energy-efficient lighting.

DOE Luzon field office OIC Efren Balaoing, together with Baguio Representative Bernardo Vergara, launched the National Compact Fluorescent Light distribution in the city by starting the distribution of some 10,000 energy-saving light bulbs.

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Balaoing said the project is a nationwide activity of the DOE to distribute around 3.6 million Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs to 187 congressional districts comprising some 57 party-list groups and some 130 regular districts all over the country.

He said the nationwide CFL distribution is sponsored by a grant from the Asian Development Bank, which will contribute to P84 million in savings on electric consumption of beneficiary households nationwide.

The project will also be able to save as much as 6.3 megawatts of electricity in a year with the use of 14-watt light bulbs.

Balaoing said users of CFLs will be able to save 75 percent in te…………… continues on Sun.Star

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