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Turkey Trouble | Lead Dust | Makers And Techs

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 noon

We hear about turkey poop in eastern Oregon, lead dust from home demolitions, and an effort to bring creative types and technical types together in the Oregon startup world.

Education | Land use | local | Water | News | NW Life | Health

As School Begins, How Are Oregon Schools Doing On Lead Treatment?

OPB | Aug. 31, 2017 12:11 p.m. | Portland

The kids in Oregon's largest school district went back to school this week, and none of them were allowed to drink from school water fountains. 

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Lead Fixes Almost Finished For Salem-Keizer School District

Statesman Journal | Aug. 29, 2017 7:19 a.m.

The Salem-Keizer School District has almost finished fixing fountains and faucets that produced water with high lead levels during testing last summer.

local | Education | News

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Require School Lead Testing

OPB | June 30, 2017 4:23 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require school districts to test for lead.

Fish & Wildlife | Sports | Environment | Communities

Condor Reintroduction In The Northwest Will Put The Scavengers In Lead’s Way

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon has few restrictions on the use of lead hunting ammunition. That means a plan to reintroduce California condors here could be setting the birds up for disaster. 

Land | Environment

National Guard Firing Ranges Leave Legacy Of Lead

KUOW | Dec. 27, 2016 2:18 p.m. | Seattle

The National Guard has closed facilities across the country to the public because of lead contamination, following an investigation by The Oregonian newspaper.

local | Education | Water | News | Lead In The Water

Oregon Maps School Lead Levels

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 1:20 p.m. | Portland

Oregon health officials released an interactive map Wednesday showing which schools have tested their water for lead, and which have not. 

local | Water | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Widespread Water Tests Find 14 Portland Homes With Elevated Lead

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 noon

Testing has found elevated lead levels in the tap water at 14 homes in the Portland metropolitan area. Officials say the lead is is coming from old plumbing inside individual homes.

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

After Lead Scare, Portland Schools Resume Cooking With Kitchen Water

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 6:50 p.m. | Portland

School cooks can use water from kitchen sinks again — and one of the top facility officials at PPS is resigning.

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Oregon Lawmakers Approve School Lead Testing Money

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:24 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's legislative emergency board approved reimbursing school districts for costs to test drinking water for lead.

Health | local | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Lead Found In Some Bend Park Water Outlets

AP | Sept. 18, 2016 8:44 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Seven of the 155 water outlets tested by the Bend Park & Recreation District this summer showed elevated levels of lead, but none is believed to be a danger to public health.

Water | Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Andy Fridley: Silenced PPS Health Manager Resigns, Responds

OPB | Sept. 10, 2016 1:28 p.m. | Portland

After 28 years at Portland Public Schools, Andy Fridley was suspended and given 15 minutes to pack his office. Now gone, he's offered a lengthy response to the PPS lead investigation.

Health | Politics | local | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Lead-Tainted Water, Oregon's Lawmakers Drank It Too

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 3:32 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some drinking fountains have been turned off at the Oregon Capitol building after tests showed an unsafe level of lead in the water.

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Improving Oregon Schools Starts With Plans, Stops At Dollar Signs

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016 4:02 p.m. | Portland

Oregon schools are required to submit healthy school plans, but a lack of funding and requirements mean big improvements to school buildings may be years off.

Health | local | Environment | News

EPA Pushes Oregon To Toughen Lead Paint Contracting Rules

OPB | Aug. 23, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Portland

The EPA wants Oregon to fix rules that limit penalties against contractors working on lead paint-era homes without a license.

Health | News | Education | Food | local | Lead In The Water

Portlanders Warned Against Eating Produce From School Gardens

OPB | Aug. 19, 2016 4:52 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools advises against eating from any of the district's roughly 75 school gardens until they can determine which have been watered by lead-tainted water.

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Oregon 'Healthy School Plans' Won't Require Lead Testing

OPB | Aug. 18, 2016 11:31 a.m. | Portland

Oregon has approved new rules for schools aimed at improving health conditions in the state’s aging buildings. But the rules won’t require lead testing. 

Health | local | News | Lead In The Water

Medford School District Searching For Cause Of High Lead Levels At Schools

Medford Mail Tribune | Aug. 11, 2016 9:49 a.m.

Medford School District officials are still trying to determine the source of high lead levels found in the water at Jackson and Roosevelt elementary schools three weeks ago.

News | Lead In The Water

New Documents Confirm Facility, Organizational Problems At PPS

OPB | Aug. 8, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools released about 7,500 pages of email correspondence and internal documents Monday focused on the district’s problems with lead in school drinking water. 

Health | Education | local | News | Lead In The Water

Parents Of Portland Child Prepare Claim Over Lead-Tainted Water

OPB | Aug. 8, 2016 1 p.m. | Portland

Trina Harper's daughter had lead in her blood. Not high levels, but numbers that are perhaps too high for a girl with kidney disease. And Harper believes PPS is to blame for it.