Lead testing in schools unlikely this academic year

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – It appears unlikely that testing the water at Vermont schools and daycare centers for lead will happen this academic year.

Vermont Public Radio reports that lawmakers are having a difficult time deciding what lead level triggers remediation and how much state money should go toward the work.

The Vermont Department of Health tested water in 16 schools last year and found all had traces of lead and five schools had levels high enough to require immediate action.

A bill was introduced early in the session in the House to set up a water testing protocol for all schools and daycare centers. The Senate later passed legislation that requires any school with lead levels above three parts per billion to switch out pipes or fixtures to remove the lead.

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