"Newark Lead Crisis Expands as N.J. Asks for Federal Help"

"New test results indicate that the extent of the lead contamination crisis in Newark, N.J., may be broader than previously thought and the state now says it needs federal help to respond, according to new court filings.

The latest lead problems, which first came to light Aug. 9, were initially believed to be confined to one of Newark’s two drinking water treatment plants.

But test results now show that water from homes serviced by the second treatment plant also has elevated lead levels, although not as severe as water from the first plant. Newark officials outlined the test results in an Aug. 12 court filing in a lawsuit from the Natural Resources Defense Council over the city’s response to its lead issues."

David Schultz reports for Bloomberg Environment August 13, 2019.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/14/2019