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“Back to School” Toolkit for parents to Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water

With “back to school” in full swing this week, Environment America Research & Policy Center today is offering a free toolkit to Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water.  Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, the group aims to help parents, teachers, and school administrators grapple with a serious health threat facing our children.

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Lead found in water at half of school taps tested in Bergen County, New Jersey

A new analysis by Environment America shows lead in the water at 55 percent of schools’ faucets and fountains tested in Bergen County, New Jersey.  The group’s finding is based on data from all county school districts that made complete testing results publicly available by the state’s testing deadline, last Thursday.  Advocates and public health experts renewed their calls for swift action to “get the lead out” of schools drinking water in New Jersey and across the country.

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Scott Pruitt won’t protect our air, water or families

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response:

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Scott Pruitt won’t protect America’s air, water or families

“Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts.” -- Margie Alt, Environment America.

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee suspended their own rules to advance  President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response:

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Get the Lead Out

Over the past two years, the tragedy of Flint, Michigan has stunned the nation. We watched the drinking water of an entire city become contaminated with lead. And now we know this toxic threat extends well beyond Flint to communities across the country. In fact, test results now show that lead is even contaminating drinking water in schools and pre-schools — flowing from thousands of fountains and faucets where our kids drink water every day.

Water contamination beyond big cities

By | John Rumpler
Senior Attorney

After Flint, Michigan’s water crisis gained national attention earlier this year, it was soon revealed that Flint was not alone -- cities across the country were facing lead contamination of their drinking water. While the spotlight has remained fixed on these big cities, the problem extends far beyond urban areas. Small -- often rural -- communities are also at risk from lead in their water.