Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lead in the water

Schools across U.S. scramble to confront dangers

A water fountain is covered because of lead in the drinking water at Creston Elementary School in Portland, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian/OregonLive)


Washington Post and Vox

Tests last summer showed troubling levels of lead in the water at Summit Township Elementary School outside Butler, Pa. But for the next five months, no one told the parents. What happened here is not atypical. As renewed pressure for lead testing and remediation in schools across the country grows, many districts continue to stumble. A recent report in the journal Pediatrics found that 1.2 million children had elevated blood lead levels.


N.J. lawmakers close to blocking Highlands plans


Lawmakers are a step away from blocking Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to allow more residential development in the protected Highlands, a region where millions of New Jersey residents get their drinking water. The measure needs approval from the full Senate to force the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to amend or withdraw the proposed rules.