Mariano: Half-truths and alternative facts about PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty

“And now that everyone knows the truth, the mayor and School Committee still refuse to admit that there is a potentially very serious health risk in these two buildings. They refuse to cooperate with their own teachers and involve the EPA in testing so that everyone knows exactly what they are facing. They hide behind language like there is ‘no conclusive proof.’ “

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 102]: PCB pop quiz

We’re nothing if not educational, here at Sun Spots. When the chips are down, we want to be there for the people of Worcester. And what could more important to a city and its residents than healthy schools? That’s gotta be a short list.

A potentially much longer list might include the number of public schools where possibly dangerous PCBs could be lurking around windows, brickwork and light fixtures.

This raises some very good questions. Hitch has answers.

Editorial: Time for turnaround on PCBs in Worcester schools

Hazardous chemicals lurk in caulking and lighting fixtures at some city schools. And for the Worcester School Committee the writing is on the wall. It should heed calls to drop its appeal in the city’s long legal fight with the local teachers union, and get to work fighting the real enemy: PCBs.

Worcester schools flunking PCBs test, union says

For years, union officials have been forced to take on the role of PCB police. They have tested for the cancer-causing chemicals in the window caulking at some schools, and found reason for serious concern — while Worcester school officials have put up bureaucratic walls, they say, including pointing to following federal guidelines. Why then are state courts not convinced? Richard Nangle brings us up to date, including a recent ruling in the union’s favor.