Sen. Kaine, 24 congressmen call for more lead testing in school drinking water

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., gives a speech supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Kaine says Clinton has shown grace and backbone dealing with attacks and problems in her 30 years the public light. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — Several United States senators, including Tim Kaine (D-Va.), are calling for additional resources to test drinking water in schools for lead.

The group of senators say that schools do not have resources to test whether their water is contaminated.

The senators stated the following in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration:

As we know, children are very susceptible to lead poisoning. Lead has a negative effect on children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Numerous studies suggest lead exposure leads to a “significant and modifiable effect on the achievement gap.” Providing children with good nutrition can help children who have been poisoned by lead, but we need to do more to prevent lead poisoning in the first place.

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