CalPIRG Issues News Releae Lead in School Tap Water Found in 45 Oakland Schools

CalPIRG issued this News Release after GTLOC discovered lead had been found in 45 of 86 Oakland schools.

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Contact: Emily Rusch, erusch@calpirg.org, 407-619-7814

NEWS ADVISORY for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th

Local Groups to Deliver Petition to Oakland School Board,

Calling for Zero Tolerance Policy for Lead

Since the school year began, lead has been found in water at 45 Oakland schools and daycares. While Oakland Unified has addressed the worst problems, the district is still letting kids drink from fountains that have failed to meet pediatrician guidelines for lead in drinking water. CALPIRG, Healthy Black Families Inc., Color of Change, Green For All, and others will deliver over 1,000 petition signatures calling for a zero tolerance policy for lead in drinking water.

What:           Oakland Unified School Board Meeting

Who:            Emily Rusch, CALPIRG Education Fund

                      Dr. Vicki Alexander, Founder, Healthy Black Families Inc.

                      Ayanna Davis, Parent, Director of Programs, Healthy Black Families Inc.

                    Michelle Romero, Deputy Director, Green For All

When:         Wednesday, January 24th at 5:30PM

Where:       La Escuelita, 1050 2nd Avenue Oakland, CA 94606

CALPIRG Education Fund is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety, or well-being