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.
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.
ByRyan J. Foley and Meghan Hoyer of the Associated Press•Apr 10, 2016
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.
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.