Lead found in water at 2 Navy childcare sites.

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Lead is schools is of particular concern because children spend a significant amount of their time in school buildings. According to the EPA, up to 50% of a child’s total lead exposure can come from water, therefore, it is important that schools take proactive steps to make sure that their drinking water is safe. In the last two decades alone elevated lead levels were documented in school districts in at least 39 states. In the case of schools, the monitoring and correcting lead issues is voluntary. In fact, there are no enforceable lead standards for schools. However, in the circumstance mentioned in the article “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Navy must test for lead in its water systems every three years” so very proactive steps were taken to ensure the safety of the children.

Original article can be found at: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/03/lead-found-water-2-navy-child-care-sites

“Greening” the Desert

“Burning one hectare of grassland gives off more, and more damaging, pollutants than 6,000 cars. And we are burning in Africa, every single year, more than one billion hectares.”  - Allan Savory Imagine that. Climate change can cause (and exacerbate) desertification (Read this and this). Desertification severely affects the local … Continue reading

Annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Bob Duncan Memorial 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for April 27, 9 am at the Virginia Tech cross country trail behind the vet school.  The registration form is attached and may be found at http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/development/duncan5k.asp. Many of you will have known Bob and recognize the legacy of his life: a life of generosity, service, and leadership.  [...]

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