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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health has discovered unsafe lead levels in some of the state’s older schools.

Vermont Public Radio reports the state has tested 14 out of the 16 schools it identified for potential risks. Three of the eight schools that have available reports had unsafe lead levels. All 16 schools are older and use municipally sourced water.

Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water Compliance Chief Ben Montross says many older schools have issues with lead because standards were lower before 1986. Officials say the tests allow the state to better understand the scope of the problem.

Vermont Department of Health public health hygienist Michelle Thompson says it’s easy to swap out older faucets that test positive for high lead levels. The department says testing should conclude this month.


Information from: WVPS-FM,