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Water Tests Find High Levels Of Lead, Copper In Hundreds Of Massachusetts Schools

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        Water testing at about 800 public school buildings throughout Massachusetts found a majority of the schools had at least one sample with unsafe levels of lead or copper.

          The state-funded voluntary testing program began last year.  The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection reported the results Tuesday.  

          WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this morning with DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.

          The DEP's report summarizing the results of the testing program is available here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/testing-assistance-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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