A group of Washington, D.C., area parents and environmentalists wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order new tests of water in public schools. Parents say they don't trust local officials' assurances that some unusually high lead levels detected in school water in recent months were isolated. The parents contend that they've been misled before about the severity of lead problems in the city's water supply.
Earlier: Washington, D.C., School Board President Robert C. Bobb has demanded that Superintendent Clifford B. Janey explain why parents and officials were not told about elevated levels of lead in drinking water found in five of 16 schools during the past six months. Tests conducted between June 2006 and last month showed that lead levels at Bowen, Hearst, Kenilworth and Watkins elementary schools and Alice Deal Junior High School exceeded federal standards for drinking water. (Washington Post)