Environment Montana

A glass being filled with water from a faucet.
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Montana has joined two dozen states and the District of Columbia in requiring all schools to test drinking water for lead.

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A Montana based environmental research group released a report last week that shows evidence of plastic in more than half of Montana's waterways.

Skye Borden with Environment Montana is collecting samples from the Yellowstone River in Billings to test for microplastics September 12.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The results of a plastic contamination survey of 50 waterways in Montana is expected in October.

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The comment period on a proposal that would require all public schools in Montana to test faucets for lead ends Monday.

Running Water Fountain
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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services held a public hearing Thursday in Helena on a new rule that would require all public schools to test water fixtures for lead.

The Environmental Protection Agency is making $20 million available for states and tribes to voluntarily test drinking water for lead at schools and childcare facilities.