The West Linn-Wilsonville (Ore.) School District was fined $328,300 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for mishandling of PCBs that leaked from light fixtures into classrooms and onto a schoolyard.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, were used years ago as insulating fluids to reduce the risk of fire, but in 1977 the EPA banned their manufacture because of possible cancer risks.

"Our proposed fine reflects the multiple, repeated violations of laws...

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