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CLEAN AIR FOR MUFSD KIDS AND STAFF

The Mamaroneck Union Free School District has installed unproven and potentially dangerous devices into school ventilations systems called NPBI - Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization.  Regulatory agencies (NY Dept. of Health, NYSED, US DOE, CDC, EPA, ASHREA) are united in warning against the dangers of NPBI and the lack of evidence for any claimed benefit.  Experts have pleaded with MUFSD to remove NPBI.  Better solutions exist.  But the administration continues to listen to bad adviceLearn more and take a stand.

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THE PROBLEM

NPBI IN SCHOOLS VIOLATES HEALTH AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES

Installing needle point bipolar ionization (NPBI) devices in our kids’ schools violates NY State and Federal Health and Education Dept guidelines due to concerns about safety and effectiveness.

THE MUFSD BOARD ISN’T REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE HEALTH DEPT. POLICIES

They answer only to us. The Education & Health Departments advise but can’t enforce. In fact, the Health Department (Pat Fritz) discussed why they do not recommend NPBI with “Mamaroneck” multiple times...they still installed it.

WHAT IS NPBI?

WHAT WE DO KNOW ABOUT NPBI DANGERS

NPBI claims to work by creating ions that glom onto other particles making them bigger for filters to catch.

Ions are the building blocks of other particles and are known to move deep into the lungs and cause health issues.

Ions can also combine with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to form new toxic particles in the air. (Schools have lots of VOCs from cleaning supplies, photocopies, deodorant & much more.)

MUFSD iWave units are certified to emit ozone in our schools’ air via its UL867 certification, which allows for 10x more ozone emission than the stricter, UL2998.  Learn more.

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT NPBI DANGERS

Scientists don’t know the impact of high concentrations of ions on lung cells, skin cells or human health.

Scientists don’t know if the toxic particles that ions form with VOCs are in quantities that are dangerous to human health.

Scientists don’t know the level of ozone that is safe to inject into indoor air & experts believe that any level may be harmful.

But they do know that ozone hurts lungs particularly those of children and teenagers.

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT NPBI EFFECTIVENESS

NPBI marketing claims aren’t consistently replicated in real-world studies.
Studies (ref: 1,2,3,4,5) indicate a much lower degree of effectiveness in real-world conditions than typically claimed by manufacturers.
The lab testing performed by manufacturers (directly or through paid 3rd parties) often is not reflective of real-world settings like actual classrooms. All iWave test data is from a chamber test.
For example, one recent independent test (ref:2) of needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) technology found that the strength of the ions produced appears insufficient to effectively clean the air, and the device also produced VOCs.
Another study (ref: 4), showed higher levels of ozone and ultrafine particles in a high school classroom with BPI, meaning the air quality was worse.
So scientists don’t know if NPBI actually cleans air in the real-world and don’t know if NPBI is safe for humans….

THE SOLUTION

THERE IS PROVEN TECHNOLOGY WITH A LONG TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS AND SAFETY THAT ALL OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN WESTCHESTER USE….

  • Most school districts heeded CDC, EPA and Education Department warnings

  • Most school districts also have antiquated ventilation systems.

  • So they turned to portable HEPA air cleaners because:

    • They are proven to remove >99.97% of particles from the air.

    • They are relatively inexpensive, commercially available and easy to use.

    • Decades of research shows no human harm

A "GOOD" OZONE TEST WILL NOT BE ENOUGH

METHODOLOGIES USED FOR THE TEST MUST BE DISCLOSED

Will they conduct a control test with NPBI disabled?
Will the test be conducted in a classroom or in a small chamber? Will this be a well-ventilation classroom or a poorly-ventilated classroom?

EVEN IF WE CAN BE CONFIDENT NO OZONE IS GENERATED, OXYGENATED VOCS ARE VERY LIKELY PRODUCED (E.G. ETHANOL, FORMALDEHYDE)1

May pose greater health risks than unoxidized VOCs. May increase asthma incidence. May worsen student cognitive function.

EVEN IF NO HARMFUL BYPRODUCTS ARE GENERATED, NPBI HAS BEEN SHOWN TO NOT REDUCE AEROSOL CONCENTRATIONS IN BUILDINGS!1

No COVID risk reduction. No influenza risk reduction. No reduction in asthma incidence.

BOARD ACTIONS REQUIRED

1. DISABLE & REMOVE THE IWAVE NPBI DEVICES

2. INSTALL APPROPRIATELY SIZED PORTABLE HEPA AIR CLEANERS IN ALL CLASSROOMS, HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS ASAP