Environmental Group, Teachers Caucus File Lawsuit Over Lead in Newark’s Water

Jul 6, 2018

In 2016, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Newark Public Schools sent out a joint statement calling for additional testing, monitoring and remediation of Newark's water supply in schools after discovering levels of lead that exceed the allowable state and federal levels. The city says they are complying with recommendations to address lead in Newark's water. Two groups have filed a lawsuit against the city claiming enough hasn't been done.  

WBGO’s Ang Santos interviewed Branden Rippey, teacher at Science Park High School in Newark and a member of the Newark Education Workers Caucus, and Clair Woods, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. They have filed a lawsuit against Newark and State of New Jersey officials over inaction dealing with lead in the drinking water.  

The conversation features reaction to the suit from Andrea Adebowale, Newark Director of Water and Sewer Utilities.