New Jersey to Begin Water Testing in Schools


After 30 schools in New Jersey found unsafe levels of lead in the water, Seal_of_New_Jersey.pngGovernor Chris Christie ordered all public schools to test their water beginning September 2016. He also asked the state legislature to provide $10 million in the budget to cover the costs of this testing. Cristie recently provided $10 million to remove lead paint from low- and moderate-income housing. 

More importantly, Christie lowered the state standard for lead poisoning from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter. This new level now matches the reference level set by the CDC in 2012. However, the CDC has stated that there is no safe level of lead. By lowering the state standard, more children will be able to get the treatment and attention they need to prevent long-term health complications.

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