Clark School remediation is under way, students can go back next year

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HARTFORD — At a special meeting of the Hartford Board of Education, the board formally accepted a report from Eagle Environmental, a contractor tasked with finding the source of PCBs at Clark Elementary School in Hartford.

“We’ve been advised that the remediation process takes about a year but we’ve already begun with our analysis of the source of the PCBs and now crafting a plan to move forward and moving the plan to the school building committee,” said Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.

Clark Elementary closed December 2014 after a sprinkler installation revealed the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a known carcinogen that was banned in 1979.

According to the Eagle report, Clark School had elevated levels of PCBs in several areas of the school.

The clean up process is under way, but officials don’t expect the school to open until the middle of next school year.

“The remediation process will include the state and federal agencies with regulatory oversight for such projects,” Narvaez said. “We will also continue to rely on the Connecticut Department of Public Health for information and guidance throughout the duration of the project, which, thus far, is estimated to be approximately a year.”

Read the full report below:

Clark School PCB Investigation Final Report

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