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OR Gets 'C+' For Lead In School Drinking Water

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon is getting a passing grade on its work to remove lead from school drinking water.  That's according to a national report released last week by the advocate groups Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.  Oregon received a C-plus for its efforts to protect students from lead-contaminated water.  The report grades 32 states on multiple factors, including whether the state requires schools to proactively remove lead from water systems rather than simply in response to water quality tests.  Other factors include public transparency on lead levels, testing protocols and the level of lead that would trigger a mandatory fix.  Nearly two-dozen states received a failing grade.  No state received higher than a B-plus.

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