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Vermont has launched a website that shows the results of lead testing in water at the state's schools and child care facilities.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says soil contaminated with lead and another chemical contaminant has been found at the construction of a new drawbridge that will link the Lake Champlain island communities of North and South Hero.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill that will implement lead testing in every school and licensed childcare facility in the state.

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New York state is suing two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company for importing and selling children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.

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A coalition of various organizations has sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The groups want him to increase funding fivefold for lead service line replacements. This comes as more municipalities are finding lead in their drinking water.

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The Vermont Department of Health is recommending every school test its water for lead after the state found contamination in 16 schools.

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Statewide testing for lead in drinking water at schools in New York has found 14 percent of outlets sampled in nearly 3,000 schools outside New York City had unsafe levels of the toxic metal.

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

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Voluntary testing of the water systems in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown has turned up high lead levels in some areas.

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A letter from Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Thomas Perillo says elevated levels of lead were found in a variety of sources, including drinking water fountains, at three separate buildings: Barkley, Marie Curie, and Tecler Elementary Schools.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

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One day after results from a test of drinking water at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston officials released their own results.

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The Vermont attorney general is suing Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. for selling jewelry that the state says contains toxic substances.