Parents in Los Angeles County may have read about a group of teachers working to press their district into further testing for toxins on a campus shared by three schools. The action started with three teachers diagnosed positive for thyroid cancer. A series of tests on indoor air quality had already revealed PCB levels in excess of federal standards. Failure of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to perform a more thorough round of testing has prompted fears among faculty of toxic exposure in an unsafe workplace.
The teacher's union was approached with the goal of pushing demands for a full site assessment, which may lead to workers' compensation claims against the district. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a national and nonprofit organization, was contacted to provide representation. Thirty teachers out of the union total of 80 were being represented at the time of this report.