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Sen. Bill Nelson and 28 other Democratic senators wrote a letter asking for federal funding to test the water all schools nationwide that offer free or reduced meals to low-income students.
"We can't accept this 'acceptable risk level' stuff anymore," said Linda Young, director of the Florida Clean Water Network. "Our children have to drink water and that is not the place to have acceptable risk levels."
The activists pointed to water test results from December 2017, conducted by FSU Professor Vincent Salters, an expert in geochemistry, who found dangerous levels lead up to 25 parts per billion in some Leon County schools, which has since begun purchasing filters.
Salters said the lead in these schools like came from the schools' piping, and similar pipes are used in schools statewide. A national report by the National Resources Defense Council last May found that more generally, Florida's drinking water quality ranks near the bottom of the U.S.
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