America Unites for Kids


Protecting Students and Teachers in Schools

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are known to cause cancer and other deadly diseases, impede normal brain and body development, harm intelligence by causing ADHD, lower IQ and other developmental issues; and the presence of PCBs in schools causes grave concern among parents, teachers and students.

In 1976, PCBs were banned by Congress in the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) because of their danger to human health, yet they remain in up to 25,000 schools nationwide putting children and teachers at risk. Join us to Champion Children to identify and remove toxic chemicals, particularly PCBs from our nation's schools.

All Children Deserve a Healthy Learning Environment” -says the US Environmental Protection Agency, yet they have failed us all.

In October 2013, twenty-one Malibu Middle and High School teachers sent a letter to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District stating that their “health has been adversely affected” by working on the Malibu High School campus. Three of the 21 teachers had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer within a six-month period, and the others were experiencing symptoms such as migraines, hair loss, respiratory problems, and rashes. As of today, we know of a fourth case of thyroid cancer, many with thyroid disease and children diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses.

The teachers and community members learned that three years earlier, soil on campus had tested positive for nine toxins, including PCB and pesticides known to be carcinogenic. Parents also learned that in the summer of 2011, more than 1,100 cubic yards of toxic soil was removed from the center of the campus. Parents and teachers had been told this was being done as part of a campus improvement project, not as toxic soil remediation. Upon learning this, teachers became worried for themselves and their students and asked to have their classrooms and soil tested for toxins, specifically those discovered in 2010. Teachers and parents at adjacent Juan Cabrillo Elementary School have also joined in this call since the schools were built at about the same time on the same plot of land.

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