Goodsprings Elementary students being tested for exposure to lead

Goodsprings Elementary students raise the flag. (AP photo)

The morning newspaper reports that students at the Goodsprings Elementary School are being tested today for exposure to lead after the paper’s review of public records found a water fountain occasionally used by the students exceeded allowable limits for lead.

The report suggested the danger to the children is slight since the fountain had a lead level of 16 parts per billion, slightly exceeding the limit of 15 parts per billion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, the fountain is in a community center adjacent to the school that is only used for recess or physical education during inclement weather.

“The testing is being done as a precaution,” Lori Headrick, director of environmental health and safety for the Clark County School District, was quoted as saying by the paper. “We don’t have any data that suggests that lead exposure has occurred (in students).” The issue with the fountain has been fixed but it will not be turned on again until it is inspected by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Goodsprings Elementary School, about 50 miles south of Las Vegas, was one of 23 sites with public water systems across the state that exceeded limits for contaminants, according to data obtained by the newspaper.

The paper undertook the investigation after reports of excessive lead levels in the public water supply in Flint, Mich. It reported two weeks ago that such lead contamination was rare in Nevada.

Oh, did I mention that this report is in the morning paper in Reno?

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9 comments on “Goodsprings Elementary students being tested for exposure to lead

  1. John Smith says:

    Bazinga

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. nyp says:

    Don’t you think that Trump is right in calling for the prosecution of women who get abortions?
    I mean, if abortion is murder, it is the only logical thing.

  3. Trump will contradict himself three times by nightfall.

  4. nyp says:

    No doubt. But here, he certainly has a point. If abortion is murder, then from both a moral and practical standpoint I don’t see how you can let someone who puts out the murder contract to get away scot free.
    Just because Trump said it, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

  5. Steve says:

    If Trump says it, it comes from ignorance.

  6. Rincon says:

    It is an interesting thought. Abortion is either murder or it is not. If it is not, then there should be few restrictions. If it is, then the death penalty or life imprisonment are appropriate punishments for those that have them and perform them.

  7. Rincon says:

    The geography of abortion is interesting too. North American, European and most Asian countries allow them pretty much on request. Those that restrict them? South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Maritime Southeast Asia (the archipelago including Indonesia, the Philippines, etc.). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_law

  8. Rincon says:

    Come to think of it, have Conservatives finally decided that lead in pipes, paint and gasoline is a bad thing? They fought for keeping it for 50 years or so.

  9. dave72 says:

    Conservatives still don’t believe in the hazards of lead. Banning lead might cost someone his job. Besides, sainted GOP Gov. Snyder of Michigan believes we can save money by requiring children to drink tainted water. Who could possibly oppose saving money when it can be better used reducing a billion’s tax burden by a few hundred bucks?

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