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EPA Offered Help with Lead Found in Water in Newark Schools Back in 2003

Former superintendent explains district had own battle plan for fixing problem and didn’t need federal’s agency’s involvement

Newark officials rejected the federal government's offer to help combat lead contamination in school water supplies more than a decade ago.

While the former superintendent of the city’s schools, Dr. Marion A. Bolden, explains that the district rejected the EPA’s help because it already had a plan in place. The district replaced most water fountains, installed lead filters, kept testing, let parents know when levels were too high, and required custodians and cafeteria workers to flush out faucets every morning,

But school workers say those rules were not consistently enforced.

Perhaps more importantly, the latest report pushes back the timeline for when officials in Newark’s schools became aware of problems with lead in the school water supplies.

Read the full report by WNYC, content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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