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Schumer Calls on EPA to Investigate Water in Ithaca Schools

Following complaints and safety concerns in Ithaca’s public schools last week, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on both the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to help evaluate and address the presence of lead in the district’s water supply. “I am calling on the federal EPA to step up to the plate and get all hands on deck to help the community test this water … and move forward with ways to remediate this situation,” Schumer said in a press release Friday. “We need the EPA inspectors and lead experts here, on the ground, as soon as possible to work with the school district to develop a plan and prevent any future contamination.”
Ithaca superintendent Luvelle Brown — who said Wednesday’s water shut-off was motivated by an “abundance of caution” — welcomed the intervention of the government on the state and national level. “The Ithaca City School District is committed to working diligently to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Brown said. “We thank Senator Schumer for his support and advocacy on our behalf, and we welcome federal health expertise to the area to work collaboratively with the school district to remedy this situation.”
Schumer stressed that New York state deserves Congressional legislation to expedite the process of purifying the water.