The sale and use of polychlorinated biphenyl substances (PCBs) has been banned in the United States since 1979. PCBs have been banned for more than 30 years according to my working of the math word problem here.

It is widely known that Fairfield did major school facility work prior to 1979, when the use of PCBs was very common in an assortment of building materials. The notion that, in 2012, the Board of Education has no proactive management plan for the PCBs it knew, or should have known, are in its many school facilities around town is ludicrous.

There is nothing to say that the PCBs need to be removed lock, stock and barrel from the schools. There is something to say that when the Board of Education does work on the schools, it should take care not to set the PCBs airborne.

It is pretty clear that such care was not taken this summer when roof and other work was done at Osborn Hill School unrelated to the removal of the PCB-laden caulking in the exterior windows in the vicinity of the gymnasium.

The recent editorial suggestion by the Connecticut Post that the Board of Education go after the contractor who installed the PCBs more than three decades ago doesn't even begin to point the fickle finger of fate in anywhere near the right direction.

Jim Brown

Fairfield