Central Illinois schools work to repair elevated lead levels

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A school district in central Illinois is taking steps to remediate areas with elevated lead levels after receiving results of state-mandated testing in six district buildings. Decatur Public Schools spokeswoman Maria Robertson tells the Herald & Review the water sources found to have any trace of lead were shut off until repairs could be made. The Environmental Protection Agency’s federal standards require action to be taken if lead levels exceed 15 parts per billion. An Illinois law signed in January required schools to test and mandates that school districts notify parents and staff of results above 5 parts per billion. Katie Miller, whose two daughters attend one of the elementary schools being repaired, says she isn’t too concerned about the situation and that the district handled it well.