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N.H. Lawmakers Will Seek To Tighten New School Lead Testing Law

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State legislators in the coming session will consider making the state's new lead testing standards for schools and daycares more strict.

The current rule went into effect this past summer. It requires childcare facilities to test their water for lead and take action if they find it above 15 parts per billion.

Tom Irwin is New Hampshire director of the Conservation Law Foundation and helped push for that new law. But he says it doesn't go far enough.

"The EPA in fact acknowledges that the goal is to have zero presence of lead in drinking water because it's widely accepted that there's simply no safe level of lead exposure,” Irwin says.

He's helping plan a new bill to lower the school lead action level to 1 part per billion - as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lead has been found in hundreds of school water samples sent to the state in the six months or so since the new law took effect.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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