Just for the record, the Parent Imperfect contacted Robert Herrick of the Harvard School of Public Health to ask what he thought about the repairs to the Hennigan School. Paint in the school was found to contain PCBs, a dangerous family of chemicals that have been banned in the U.S. since 1978. To the PI’s surprise, Herrick replied almost immediately, saying that, “if the abatement has been completed to the satisfaction of the EPA, there is no reason to be concerned about returning to school.”
The Environmental Protection Agency apparently has jurisdiction in these cases and Herrick believes that, if the government agency has signed off, then there should be no problem.
Assuming that PI agrees with Herrick, that leaves open the question of how to find out if the agency signed off on the Hennigan repairs. Curious, as ever, the PI is going to pretend that he actually has the time to find out such a thing. To date, he has made three calls to different offices of the Boston Public Schools and has been treated as if he had the wrong number, in each case.
Connie doesn’t seem to be having any problems with the physical environment of the school, but the PI is going to persist, at least for awhile. If anyone has ideas how to solve this mystery, please share them.