Tag: Lead

Mother charged in ‘horrific’ deaths of children found hanging in Pennsylvania basement

× Mother charged in ‘horrific’ deaths of children found hanging in Pennsylvania basement ALBANY TWP., Pa. – A Pennsylvania mother faces several counts of murder after she allegedly killed two of her children by hanging them in the basement of their Albany Township home in September. Lisa Snyder, 36, was charged Monday with two counts of […]

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Rep. Elaine Luria questions Virginia Beach officials on lead in school drinking water

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Congresswoman Elaine Luria questioned top education and city officials in Virginia Beach on the presence of lead in drinking water in local schools, asking for answers on the delay in notifying the public, in a letter released Wednesday. According to a statement by Luria’s office, the letter, addressed to Virginia Beach […]

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Do other school systems have elevated lead levels in water at schools besides Virginia Beach?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Other school divisions tell News 3 they’ve been testing for elevated levels of lead at water in schools. On Wednesday, Virginia Beach school leaders announced announced levels of lead were higher than federal and state limits at 61 drinking and food-prep sources in 27 schools. In response, school leaders said they […]

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Elevated lead levels discovered in water at 27 Virginia Beach schools

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A notice sent to families from Virginia Beach City Schools Wednesday afternoon alerted them that testing of water sources in several schools built during or before 1986 had lead levels greater than the industry refers to as “actionable levels.” This fall, results from the tests stated that 96% of drinking and […]

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In Flint, Mich., Lead Crisis Moves From Homes to Schools

ImageNakiya Wakes and her son, Jaylon, in Flint, Mich.Credit…Brittany Greeson for The New York Times FLINT, Mich. — Nakiya Wakes could not understand how her wiry, toothy-grinned 6-year-old had gone from hyperactive one school year to what teachers described as hysterical the next. Then, in 2015, the state of Michigan delivered a diagnosis of sorts: […]

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New E.P.A. Lead Standards Would Slow Replacement of Dangerous Pipes

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration was expected on Thursday to propose new regulations on lead and copper in drinking water, updating a 20-year-old rule that may have contributed to the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich., that began in 2015. The draft plan, which was scheduled to be announced by the Environmental Protection administrator, Andrew […]

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11,168 Children Tested Positive for Lead. The City Didn’t Respond.

As a lead-paint crisis engulfed New York City’s public housing system last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration by repeatedly pointing to data showing that the number of children citywide with high levels of lead in their blood was actually at historic lows. On Thursday, however, the city’s comptroller issued a scathing report […]

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Newark Says Water Crisis Is Easing as Lead Filters Prove Mostly Effective

NEWARK — Officials in New Jersey’s largest city announced on Monday that thousands of water filters handed out to residents had significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Bottled water would still be made available, but officials said the crisis that had gripped the city for months seemed to be easing. Testing done […]

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What We Found About Notre-Dame’s Lead, and What It May Mean for You

The fire at Notre-Dame in April destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, which were covered with 460 tons of lead tiles. Tiny particles of some of that lead mixed with the plume of smoke that drifted over Paris. Then that lead-laced dust settled on buildings, squares, parks, and plazas, test indicate. It also is likely […]

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I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do.

Four years ago, with my white coat on, I stepped out of my pediatric clinic and held a news conference. Lifting a baby bottle filled with water from Flint, Mich., I shared my research: Lead was increasingly in the blood of Flint’s children. The powers-that-be tried to silence me initially, but persistence, activism, teamwork and […]

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Newark Water Crisis: Racing to Replace Lead Pipes in Under 3 Years

NEWARK — Weeks into an escalating public health crisis caused by elevated levels of lead in the water, officials announced on Monday a new $120 million plan to expedite the replacement of ancient service pipes in this city. The new financing will allow the city to replace the 18,000 buried lead service lines in the […]

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Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past

NEWARK — In the year after receiving test results showing alarming levels of lead in this city’s drinking water, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark made a number of unexpected decisions. He mailed a brochure to all city residents assuring them that “the quality of water meets all federal and state standards.” He declared the water […]

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‘Tasting Funny for Years’: Lead in the Water and a City in Crisis

NEWARK — Donnette Goodluck tried all day to pick up the free bottled water the city was distributing as officials addressed a growing lead contamination crisis. When she first arrived at Boylan Street Recreation Center last Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the line wrapped around the block; Ms. Goodluck and others were told to come back […]

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Lead Crisis in Newark Grows, as Bottled Water Distribution Is Bungled

NEWARK — A growing crisis over lead contamination in drinking water gripped Newark on Wednesday as tens of thousands of residents were told to drink only bottled water, the culmination of years of neglect that has pushed New Jersey’s largest city to the forefront of an environmental problem afflicting urban areas across the nation. Urgent […]

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In Echo of Flint Lead Crisis, Newark Offers Bottled Water

For more than a year, Newark officials denied the city had a widespread lead problem with its drinking water. Then, in an abrupt shift last fall, New Jersey’s largest city began giving out water filters to some residents. On Sunday — two days after a scathing letter from the E.P.A. raised concerns about the safety […]

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He’s in Charge of Housing for 11,000 Minnesotans. Can He Handle 400,000 New Yorkers?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] One chairman resigned in 2008 a few months after a 5-year-old boy fell 10 stories to his death trying to escape a stalled elevator in a Brooklyn housing project. Another chairman resigned in 2013 following reports of mismanagement and […]

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Congrats (or Condolences) on Your New Job: Running the Housing Authority

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] One chairman resigned in 2008 a few months after a 5-year-old boy fell 10 stories to his death trying to escape a stalled elevator in a Brooklyn housing project. Another chairman resigned in 2013 following reports of mismanagement and […]

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