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April 3, 2024

NC State alumni report 150+ cancer cases possibly stemming from contaminants in shut-down campus building

Source: https://nypost.com/, April 1, 2024 By: Audrey Conklin North Carolina State University in Raleigh continues to investigate student and alumni exposure to concerning levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a probable carcinogen, in one of its campus buildings that the school officially shut down in November of last year. Read more.

January 19, 2024

Carbon monoxide leak at Yale construction site leaves 14 hospitalized

Source: https://yaledailynews.com/, January 18, 2024 By: Natasha Khazzam & Arela Lopez Fourteen people were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning on Wednesday morning following a construction-site gas leak at 73 Howe St. Emergency responders determined that the Yale-hired construction firm, Babbidge Construction Company, had not been using carbon monoxide detectors. The carbon monoxide exposure originated from […]

January 16, 2024


Source: https://www.thecooldown.com/, January 16, 2024 By: Susan Elizabeth Turek A group of seven former students and parent volunteers are reportedly set to receive a payout of nearly $1 billion after they were reportedly exposed to and sickened by toxic chemicals leaking from light fixtures. Reuters reported Dec. 18 that a Washington state jury found that Monsanto, […]

December 19, 2023

Monsanto ordered to pay $857m to ex-students of Seattle school for toxic leaks

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, December 18, 2023 A jury in Washington state on Monday ordered Bayer’s Monsanto to pay $857m to former students and parent volunteers of a school north-east of Seattle who claimed that chemicals known as PCBs made by the company leaked from light fixtures and made them sick, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs. […]

November 22, 2023

Monsanto hit with $165 million verdict over PCBs in Seattle school

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/, November 21, 2023 By: Clark Mindock A U.S. jury has ordered Bayer’s Monsanto to pay $165 million to employees of a school northeast of Seattle who claimed chemicals made by the company called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, leaked from light fixtures and got them sick. The Washington state court jury found the company […]

November 21, 2023

Vermont schools navigate PCB test results

Source: https://www.wcax.com/, November 21, 2023 By: Melissa Cooney Forever chemicals are festering inside some of Vermont’s schools. PCBs were a common component in building materials used prior to 1980. They have a lot of health risks, like cancer and other illnesses. To address the problem, the state launched a first-in-the-nation pilot program for PCBs. It’s […]

September 20, 2023

University of Iowa study finds source of toxic chemicals in old Vermont school building

Source: https://cbs2iowa.com/, September 19, 2023 By: Kaelei Whitlatch New findings from the University of Iowa out of Vermont show that toxic chemicals may be found in older school buildings. A UI researcher says that if schools can find the source of the chemicals, a more cost-effective remediation can be found. The study found that most of the PCBs (polychlorinated […]

August 23, 2023

Institutional – Mercury

Source: Distinguished Programs Students in a university laboratory accidentally dropped a thermometer containing mercury. Unaware of the imminent danger, the students treated the spill casually, causing the mercury to be tracked throughout the school on the bottoms of their shoes. The mercury vapors contaminated the building and students complained of nausea and headaches. The school […]

June 20, 2023

Attorney General Clark sues Monsanto for PCB contamination

Source: https://vermontbiz.com/, June 19, 2023 Attorney General Charity Clark has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto to protect and restore Vermont’s natural resources and schools affected by PCB contamination. The lawsuit, which seeks recovery for PCB contamination in schools on a statewide basis, is the first of its kind in the nation. The lawsuit alleges that, […]

June 20, 2023

As PCBs are found in more Vermont schools, the price tag grows for cleanup

Source: https://www.vermontpublic.org/, June 20, 2023 By: Howad Weiss-Tisman Vermont is the only state in the country that’s testing all of its older school buildings for PCBs, a class of industrial chemicals that were used in building materials, and which are known to cause cancer. The testing started last year, and it’s proven to be more complicated, […]

July 28, 2022

Tainted soil at a proposed preschool site in Paterson prompts a messy legal battle

Source: https://www.northjersey.com/, July 27, 2022 By: Joe Malinconico The Rev. William Bishop, a retired clergyman, faces a $25,000 fine because of contamination on the property where he wanted to open a preschool, a site used as a gas station decades ago. That pending fine is entangled in a convoluted lawsuit Bishop filed against the New Jersey Department of Environmental […]

May 13, 2022

Monsanto Faces 4th Trial Over Injuries Supposedly Caused By PCB ‘Forever Chemicals’ In WA School

Source: https://blog.cvn.com/, May 10, 2022 By: David Siegel A Washington State court jury heard opening statements Monday in a lawsuit alleging that toxic chemicals manufactured by Bayer-owned agrochemical giant Monsanto caused a range of neurological injuries in a local school, and the proceedings are being webcast gavel-to-gavel by Courtroom View Network. Monday’s opening statements kicked off […]

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