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Malibu High School Preliminary Air Test Results Being Reviewed

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing test results released Friday.

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Editor's note: A previous version of this post contained aggregated information from a Malibu Times article that referenced a Santa Monica Daily Press story that incorrectly reported an environmental consultant deemed the air tested at Malibu High School as "safe." The Malibu Times has retracted its article, and the Daily Press has corrected its information. Patch regrets the inconvenience.

The edited post follows.

The results of preliminary air quality tests at Malibu High School were released Friday and are currently being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Santa Monica Daily Press has reported.

An article on the newspaper's website noted "Dr. Paul Rosenfeld, an environmental consultant hired by a group of Malibu parents, reviewed the results and said that the highest PCB level was not above EPA standards for schools." Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are carcinogenic contaminants.

A third of the teachers at Malibu High School have complained that construction and moldy classrooms may have unleashed a cluster of thyroid cancers, skin disease and other serious illness at the campus, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has hired environmental consultants to examine their claims.

The complaints came after the school district hired contractors who dug up and carted away 1,017 cubic yards of dirt contaminated by PCBs, lead and pesticides, apparently the legacy of years of treatment for termites at a 50-year-old section of the school.

Jessica Davis contributed to this report.

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