Rapid City Area Schools will be undergoing tests this year for asbestos levels and lead in the drinking water, reports the Rapid City Journal.
Federal regulations enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency require that schools undergo testing for asbestos levels every three years. Regulations also require removal of asbestos if maintenance or construction will disturb existing asbestos. A survey done last July shows that asbestos remains present in 23 of the Rapid City school buildings. This year will also see testing of the drinking water fixtures to make sure there isn't any lead present. The last test for lead in school drinking water occurred in the 1998/99 school year. Both tests are being undertaken as a matter of routine, and not due to any specific incidents.
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