Why PCB's are Dangerous at Any Age | Staten Island PCB's in Schools
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
The presence of high levels of PCB's in Staten Island schools has alarmed may - not just the parents of school age children but also teachers who work in the buildings at PS 36 and PS 53 on a daily basis.
Many may ask why are PCB's so dangerous? The danger of PCB's doesn't just lie in the presence of it at the school itself. The presence of PCB's in school adds to the issue and therefore is like throwing gasoline on an open fire turning it into an uncontrollable situation. PCB's are present in almost everyone because of some of the food we eat on has a certain level of PCB's in it. PCB's actually get passed down from generation to generation and according to scientific research in order to completely rid a human's body of PCB's you would have to look to a 7th generation who did not ingest food with PCB's in it and was not exposed to PCB's at all. Because of the presence of PCB's in everyone's body exposure to a toxic level of PCB's in a building (such as a school) over a prolonged period of time can increase the average amount of PCB's in a persons body.
PCB's can affect children of any age and cause developmental problems, learning problems and behavioral problems. It is important to also understand that PCB's can affect adults. Normally the physical effects on adults from PCB's is an acne-like rash but if the adult is a female the long term results may be much worse if the female gets pregnant during the PCB exposure or sometimes even after the PCB exposure if the exposure is to high amounts of PCB's over a prolonged period of time. Because PCB's can be transferred to children a woman exposed to high levels of PCB's can cause the child (if the woman is pregnant or becomes pregnant) to suffer some of the effects of PCB's on children which are much more dangerous than what adults usually experience - including learning problems and development disabilities.
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