Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Lead testing rule

State board adopts new standard for Oregon schools

Officials at Medford School district are still searching for the source of high lead levels at two elementary schools. Like many districts in Oregon, Medford recently discovered a problem with lead in the water at some of its schools. BRADLEY W. PARKS

OPB

Portland Tribune

The Oregon Board of Education adopted a new rule that for the first time requires school districts to submit a plan to test for lead in water at district-owned buildings and report any results to the public. The board in June agreed to fast-track adoption of the new rule at the request of Gov. Kate Brown. The rule requires school districts to submit a preliminary plan for testing for both lead and radon by Oct. 1, with a final plan due by Jan. 1.

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'Nearshore' critical to Puget Sound recovery

KPLU Seattle

Puget Sound communities have invested about $150 million over the past two decades to clean up the water and improve salmon habitat. Yet ground continues to be lost when it comes to a crucial part of that environment. King County watershed managers recently hosted a guided boat tour to spread the word about the importance of restoration work in recovering the so-called "nearshore."

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Study tackles Idaho-Oregon mercury levels

Associated Press

A multiyear study of mercury contamination is under way in a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border that's part of a power company's effort to renew its license with the federal government. Idaho Power says the five- to eight-year study now in its second year is needed to better understand the high mercury levels in fish in the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

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