December 7, 2016

Editorial: In addressing PCBs, offer to test comes with a catch

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The highest levels of PCBs in a currently used school building were found at Doherty.

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Last Thursday, the Worcester School Committee agreed to allow a team from the Mass. Department of Public Health to test the air quality at Burncoat and Doherty Memorial high schools.

Michael Feeney, director of the Indoor Air Quality Program for the Mass. Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Environmental Health, made the offer to perform testing at the schools during a presentation last Monday at Burncoat.

The Sun has detailed years of legal wrangling between the city and the union representing teachers, the Educational Association of Worcester (EAW), over the issue of testing for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), an organic pollutant and presumed human carcinogen.

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In June the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations issued an 86-page ruling in the EAW’s favor, a ruling the city is appealing despite accepting the offer to test at Burncoat and Doherty.

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