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PCBs: In Our Schools, In Our Environment

A contaminated school in Yorktown Heights, New York .

A new investigation by WNPR reporter David DesRoches found that two-thirds of Connecticut schools could be contaminated with toxic PCBs. 

This hour, we find out how they got there, and why more schools aren’t testing for them. We also learn how exposure to PCBs could be affecting the health of Connecticut’s students and teachers.

Later, we look at what happens when PCBs get into the environment. The Housatonic River has been contaminated for decades. We explore the ecological impacts, and find out what’s being done to make the river safe again.


  • David DesRoches - Covers Education for WNPR
  • Dr. David Carpenter - Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany
  • Traci Iott - Biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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John Dankosky, David DesRoches, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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