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Schumer plans bill to help pay for lead testing in schools

Federal grants would help pay for lead contamination testing in schools under a bill that Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, plans to introduce following the discovery of high levels of lead in two elementary schools in Ithaca.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Schumer explained that schools with older plumbing systems might have lead in their water, since lead-based pipes were not banned until 1986. Schumer’s proposal would create $100 million in federal grants that school districts could apply for through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.