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Lead Poisoning

Issues and Ale: Getting the Lead Out

May 18, 2016
Heather Norman

There are two main issues regarding lead exposure in Galesburg. First, the city failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for lead levels in water at some residents' homes during testing last fall.  

Galesburg Tap Water Showing Less Lead

May 4, 2016
T.J. Carson

A series of water quality tests in Galesburg last fall revealed that some residents are being exposed to high amounts of lead.  Now a new round of testing at the same 30 homes showed some improvement. 

T.J. Carson

Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.  The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.

Galesburg Leaders Address Lead Response

Apr 21, 2016
City of Galesburg

Galesburg's mayor believes city leaders have done what has been asked of them regarding lead in the tap water supply.

Tainted at the Tap – Galesburg

Apr 10, 2016
City of Galesburg

This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg's long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades.

Common Questions about Testing for Lead in Water

Apr 10, 2016
Rich Egger

A federal rule that took effect in 1991 is designed to protect the public from unsafe levels of lead in drinking water. Some answers to common questions about how it works:

Michael Howard, Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, delivered the keynote address at the 11th Prairie Lands Environmental Summit on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb.