MJR : TOXIC WATER
washingtonpost.com > Nation > Green Explore news and resources & debate policy with our expert panel. Full Report » AP IMPACT: School drinking water contains toxins By GARANCE BURKE The Associated Press Friday, September 25, 2009; 11:06 AM CUTLER, Calif. - - Over the last decade, the d rinking wa ter at thousa nd s of schools across the cou ntry has been found to contain un safe le vels of lead , pesticides a nd do zens of other toxins. An Associated Press investigation foun d that c ontaminants h ave su rfaced at public and p rivate sc ho ols in all 50 states - in small towns an d inner cities alike. But the problem has gone largely un mo nitored by the federal go vernme nt, even as the number of water safety violatio ns has multiplied. "It's an ou trage," sa id Marc Edwards, an engin eer at Virginia Tech wh o has been honored for h is work on water qu ality. "If a landlord doesn't tell a tenan t about lead paint in an apa rtment, he ca n go to jail. But we have no system to make people follow the rules to k eep sch ool children sa fe?" The conta mina tio n is mo st apparent at schools with wells, which rep re se nt 8 to 11 percent of the na tion's sc ho ols. Roughly one of eve ry five sch ools with its own water supply violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in the past decade, a cco rding to data from the Environmental Protection Agenc y a nalyze d by the AP. In Califo rn ia's farm belt, wells at some sch ools are so tainted with pesticides that stud ents have taken to stuffing their backpacks with bottled water for fear o f getting sick fro m the drinking fountain . Experts and childre n's advoca tes complain that respon sibility for drinking water is spread among too many local, state and fed eral agencies, and that risks are going unrep orted. Finding a solution, they say, would require a costly ne w nation al strategy for monitoring water in sch ools. Schools with unsafe water represent o nly a small percen tag e of the nation's 132,500 scho ols. And the EPA says the nu mbe r of violation s spiked over the la st decade largely because the A NEW SPECIAL REPORT The Climate Agenda Jesus Lealstripe, left gets a dri nk of water from a dispenser at Lovell High School after playi ng basketball Monday, June 1, 2009 in Cutler, Calif. School administrators in the farmworker town of Cutler cannot fix chronic water problems at Lovell High School because funding is frozen due to the state's budget crisis. Signs posted above the kitchen sink warn students not to drink from the tap, because the water is tainted with nitrates, a potential carcinogen, and DBCP, a pesticide scientists say may cause male sterility. Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins that put the nation's students at risk. An Associated Press i nvestigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states _ i n small towns and inner cities alike. But the problem has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government, even as the number of water safety violations has multiplied. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) (Gary Kazanjian - AP) SLIDESHOW TOOLBOX » Links to this article Resize Print E-mail WHO'S BLOGGING Spons ored Links DON'T Pay for White Teeth Learn the trick discovered by a Mom to turn yellow teeth white for $5! www.consumertipsweekly.net Unemployed Mom Makes $77/Hr (Online) Jobless Mom makes $8,673/Month Part- Time! Read her story to find out how she did it. www.NewYorkGazetteNews.com/Fina... Buy a link here Find Your Dream Job Now! Business Jobs Computer Jobs Construction Jobs Education Jobs Engineering Jobs Healthcare Jobs Legal Jobs Management Jobs Media Jobs Non-Profit Jobs Sales Jobs Science Jobs keywords location Sign In Register Now TODAY'S NEWSPAPER Subscribe PostPoints Previous Next SEARCH: washingtonpost.com Web Search Archives NEWS POLITICS OPINIONS BUSINESS LOCAL SPORTS ARTS & L IVING GOING OUT GUIDE JOBS CARS REAL ESTATE RENTALS CLASSIFIEDS Page1of3 AP IMPACT: School drinking water contains toxins - washingtonpost.com 10/6/2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/25/AR2009092500215.ht...
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