Malibu High PTSA to Host Environmental Health Expert

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Temporary fencing was installed in 2010 due to trenching work for a new information technology room at at the Malibu Middle and High School Campus. Soil containing elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was also removed in 2010, but some teachers believe the recent diagnoses of three colleagues with thyroid cancer may be related to contaminants at the campus. 

The Malibu High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will host environmental health and safety expert Mark Katchen at the PTSA meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Katchen will discuss the results of testing for contaminants at the school and explain the science behind the process that will be used moving forward. The presentation will be videotaped for future broadcast and/or posting to make the information accessible to all community members.

“Mark has the wonderful ability to take complex scientific issues and make them understable to the average citizen,” the PTSA wrote on the Malibu High website.  

The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Malibu High library.