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Dec 8, 2009 9:35 AM by Associated Press

EPA to unveil new policies on water at schools

A federal official says the Environmental Protection Agency will unveil new policies on Tuesday designed to improve the enforcement of safe drinking water laws in small water systems nationwide.

The new policies will bring new attention to school systems that have repeatedly violated safe drinking water requirements. The changes come as a Senate committee examines factors that have contributed to unsafe levels of lead and other contaminants in the drinking water of thousands of U.S. schools.

The hearing follows an Associated Press investigation showing that roughly one in five schools with its own water supply violated the Safe Drinking Water Act within the past decade.

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