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With States Not Making the Grade for Schools’ Drinking Water, Groups Launch New Effort to Get the Lead Out:

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, new data shows that lead in schools’ drinking water is a pervasive problem.  With the District of Columbia considering a strong new law, Environment America and U.S. PIRG are launching Get the Lead Out – a campaign to get state and local officials to eliminate the threat of lead in drinking water at school.  The groups’ new analysis grades 16 states’ current laws in protecting kids from lead in school drinking water.

What:              A Call to Get the Lead Out of Schools’ Water

Who:               Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, District of Columbia, cosponsor
                       of proposed ordinance to address lead in schools’ drinking water          
                       Yanna Lambrinidou, PhD, Virginia Tech, national expert on lead in
                       drinking water
                       John Rumpler, Environment America, Clean Water Program Director
                       and co-author of the report
                       Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Toxics Program Director

When:             Wednesday, February 15th at 10:00 AM ET

Where            Dial In Number: 800-298-6863
                       Conference ID: 5735564
                       Password: 02595


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Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. Our professional staff in 27 states and Washington, D.C., combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for the environment. Environment America draws on 30 years of success in tackling environmental problems.

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