New Rules Aim To Protect School Kids From Toxics

Aug 10, 2016

Oregon education and health leaders are pushing for schools to submit drinking water reports by the end of next month.

The rules would require lead testing of all school water fountains and kitchen faucets by the end of September.

Districts all over Oregon ran lead tests this summer – though many are still waiting for results from the labs. The proposed rules call for regular sampling at least every five years, going forward.

Schools would have to submit what are called “Healthy and Safe Facilities Plans.”

The new plans would call on schools to expand lead paint protections, monitor indoor air quality, and reduce student exposure to exhaust from idling buses. 

The plans would also cover several areas that are already the responsibility of schools under Oregon law – including radon and pest management.

Governor Kate Brown called on the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Education to draft rules to mandate testing for lead in drinking water at all public schools and licensed childcare centers.

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