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Newark's Lead-Tainted Water Crisis Is Getting Worse

When Al Moussab had his water tested for lead, he got comparatively good news. Tests on the taps in his Newark, New Jersey home revealed lead in concentrations of around 6 parts per billion (ppb).  That’s below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “action level” of 15 ppb, but still above the desired level of zero. That’s just one test, though. Moussab, a high school teacher and chair of Newark Education Workers Caucus, worried the levels could be higher, particularly since the city average in late 2018 was around 48 ppb about. With two young kids and concerns about lead’s impact on their health and development, he turned to buying five-gallon containers of bottled water instead of using the tap.  Read more....



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