Cindy Crawford’s kids missed their first day of school at Malibu High School after testing showed elevated levels of PCBs at their school and others in the county.
The 48-year-old former supermodel has two kids, Presley and Kaia, with husband Rande Gerber.
PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) is a chemical typically found in the window caulking of older buildings that was outlawed by Congress in 1976. Over time it can cause cancer, damage the immune and reproductive system, and negatively impact brain development in children.
Cindy Crawford spoke on the Today show with special correspondent Maria Shriver about her concerns for her children on August 19.
“I don’t feel 100 percent safe,” she said during the interview.
“I look 10 years down the line, what if my kid, God forbid, had a problem? How could I live with myself if I knew that it was a possibility, and I still sent them there?”
Cindy Crawford offered to pay out of her own pocket for window caulking tests at Malibu High School, but the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has agreed with the school district that the immediate problem has been handled through air testing.
“I am very frustrated and very disappointed at the way this has been handled,” Cindy Crawford continued.
“The problem is that they haven’t tested the source. Unless they’re testing every day, how do I know it’s safe for my kid?”
Though she has now taken her children out of school, Cindy Crawford promised to continue spearheading the fight in favor of PCB testing.
“This is not a Malibu issue,” Cindy Crawford added.
“This is really an issue in a lot of older schools. I just think the laws need to be changed.”
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