Tear-down of Hartford school urged over PCB contamination

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The superintendent of Hartford schools is recommending that an elementary school be torn down because of PCB contamination.

Officials say testing at Clark Elementary School shows airborne traces of the toxic chemicals at levels that could be dangerous for children.

Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez said at a meeting with parents and staffers on Wednesday night that shuttering the school is the right thing to do.

Clark students have been attending classes at other schools since last winter when the polychlorinated biphenyls were discovered during a renovation project.

The Hartford Courant reports Schiavino-Narvaez recommended rebuilding the school but warned the district has tough decisions ahead as officials assess what to do about schools with low enrollments.

PCBs were widely used in building materials before they were banned in the late 1970s.

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