Letter: Elephants vs. Apples

Letter to the Editor

In all the Malibu Times stories, the school district claims they will follow EPA’s requirements when it comes to PCBs.

Here are EPA’s requirements: (Note: the school district refuses to follow them.)

40 CFR 761.20: “the [EPA] Administrator hereby finds, under the authority of section 12(a)(2) of TSCA, that the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of PCBs at concentrations of 50 ppm or greater and PCB items with PCB concentrations of 50 ppm or greater present an unreasonable risk of injury to health within the United States. This finding is based upon the well-documented human health and environmental hazard of PCB exposure …”

While the school district repeats the false claim that the existence of PCBs in building materials does not represent a danger in of itself, Congress and EPA have found the opposite—PCBs in building materials present “an unreasonable risk of injury to health” and are therefore illegal.

Hugh Kaufman