Expert to Community: ‘There Are No Safe Levels of PCB’
Parents battle district over toxic PCBs in Malibu public schools
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Malibu Schools Drain $8 Million From SMMUSD In Legal Fees
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The attached Declarations from Malibu High School teachers Katy Lapajne and Lisa Lambert includes evidence from 33 other Malibu High School teachers that the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is not complying with their Best Management Practices (BMPs) and is in violation of the EPA Region 9’s guidelines.
See pdf copies of the Declarations from two Malibu High School Teachers:
See Video of Several Malibu High School Teachers’ Plea to the SMMUSD’s Board of Education for PCB-free Classrooms:
See YouTube Video here:
The attached declaration from Malibu High School Parent Matt DeNicola declares that former SMMUSD Board of Education member Ben Allen, now California State Senator Ben Allen admitted in September 2014 that the SMMUSD Board of Education chose not to test for PCBs, because they knew that they would find illegal levels of toxic PCBs and be forced to remove them under the TSCA. (See Matt DeNicola Declaration, pg. 1, paragraph 2)
See Declaration from Malibu High School Teacher Carla Bowman Smith declaring that Malibu High School’s condition is horrific, and is infested with rats, feces and urine:
See America Unites for Kids and PEER’s Opposition to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Request for Costs to Repair Damage to Malibu High and Jaun Cabrillo Elementary Schools:
Students and teachers are subjected to illegally high levels of dangerous chemical contaminants in Malibu public schools, according to a lawsuit filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) on behalf of teachers and Nagler and Associates on behalf of America Unites for Kids, led by concerned school parents.
The lawsuit concerns illegal levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found inside classrooms and campus soils. During the 2011 summer school session, the district removed from the Middle School Quad 48 truckloads of soil which, unbeknownst to parents and teachers, was contaminated with PCBs and pesticides.
For more than a year, significant independent sampling has taken place on the campus complex, showing extremely high and illegal levels of PCBs remain even in areas supposedly remediated by the district.
Now exhibit B to Katy Lapajne’s declaration includes evidence that thirty three (33) Malibu High school teachers have written a letter dated January 15, 2016 to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District declaring that the School District’s facilities manager admitted on January 8, 2016 that the SMMUSD’s Best Managements Practices (BMPs) for reducing concentrations of toxic PCBs and, therefore, potential exposure to PCBs has not been taking place at all. (See page 2 paragraph 17 of Katy Lapajne’s Declaration)
As a result, teachers and students continue to get sick with the following illnesses:
CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT MALIBU SCHOOLS
• 6 teachers with thyroid cancer;
• 4 alumni (28-year-old)with thyroid cancer;
• 1 current student with thyroid disease, possible thyroid cancer
• 25 teachers with thyroid disease (including 14 of 30 Malibu Middle School teachers);
• 10 alumni in their 20s with thyroid disease;
• 1 alumni (22-year-old) with environmentally induced melanoma;
• 2 current teachers with environmentally induced melanoma;
• 1 teacher hospitalized from an environmentally-induced rash;
• 1 current student with an environmentally-induced rash lasting several months
• innumerable cases of headaches; persistent rashes; daily migraines; infertility issues; hair loss; immune issues; respiratory issues; and diabetes.
There is a statistically significant “relationship” between spending your days at Malibu High School and Thyroid Cancer.
Declaration of renowned PCB Expert Dr. David Carpenter confirming that PCBs at Malibu High School greatly exceed legal limits under the TSCA, and inhalation of PCB vapors constitutes a continuous hazard to teachers and students:
See pdf copy of Dr. David Carpenter’s Declaration:
“There is no safe level of PCBs. All they do is cause harm. They increase the risk of a great number of diseases, and the one that’s of most significance in a school is that they’re known to reduce cognitive function — learning and memory. And that’s the last thing you want in a school.” David O. Carpenter, M.D., director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany.
“PCBs are dangerous chemicals … even low concentrations of PCBs in air constitute an important route of exposure and disease, especially if the exposure is prolonged,” Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-SUNY.
See Expert Opinion and Peer-Reviewed Study of Dr. David Capenter Re: PCBs in Malibu Schools:
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Exposure to and health effects of volatile PCBs
Read John Ferbas MS., Hyg., Ph.D. July 2014 letter to the EPA and SMMUSD:
John Ferbas MS., Hyg., Ph.D stated the following:
“The fact that Malibu High School and Jaun Carillo Elementary School contain caulking with PCB levels orders of magnitude above even the most conservative PEL estimates is egregious.” -Ferbas
See John Ferbas MS., Hyg., Ph.D. letter to the EPA and SMMUSD:
The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon has spent over $8 million tax payer dollars to avoid a proper investigation and remediate all of the illegal levels of PCBs.
The SMMUSD appears to be more interested in attempting to limit their exposure to liability from a toxic tort complaint, rather than to just simply comply with the TSCA, and protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has thereby put the health of their students and teachers at risk.
IT’S TIME TO FIRE THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON
See pdf copy:
See link to Change.org Petition:
Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:
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