P.C.B. contamination hurts women’s health, studies indicate

Nearly 700 NYC schools, including Richard R. Green High School of Teaching, the High School of Economics and Finance and others in Lower Manhattan, are likely contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyl (P.C.B.) toxins, according to a news advisory distributed by U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s office.

Other Downtown schools purportedly contaminated with P.C.B.s include the Leadership and Public Service High School, at 90 Trinity Place; and P.S. 150, at 334 Greenwich St.

Nadler and other city politicians are orchestrating a new push to have the schools’ obsolete light fixtures replaced, particularly since recent studies have shown that P.C.B. exposure hurts women’s reproductive health.

“The bottom line is that there is no safe level of [P.C.B.] exposure in pregnancy, period,” according to Dr. Maida Galvez, director of the Environmental Protection Agency Region Two’s pediatric environmental health specialty unit at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Silverstein appoints new co-Chief Operating Officer
World Trade Center Developer Larry Silverstein has appointed Martin S. Burger as co-C.E.O. of Silverstein Properties, Inc., according to a Dec. 13 news announcement distributed by Rubenstein Communications.

Burger most recently worked to secure funding for Silverstein’s latest development project, the Four Seasons Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort, which is slated to open in 2014.

Silverstein, President of the company whose headquarters are located in W.T.C. 7, said, “I am thrilled that Marty will lead our continued effort to finance new development projects, acquire new properties and form new joint ventures around the globe.  Over the past two years, Marty has worked closely with our entire management team to expand our business at home and overseas.”

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