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Lead exposure, lead prevention, environmental justice, environmental health, Vermont, GIS
Vermont’s Act 66 law requires all taps in Vermont’s public schools to be tested for lead. This study uses GIS to analyze public school test results from the first round of testing in order to discover data patterns and examine if lead exposure is an environmental injustice. The results indicate that lead distribution is not an environmental injustice and that Vermont’s testing level for remediation has resulted in most taps containing lead not being replaced, leaving children’s health at risk. Recommendations are provided to inform state decision makers and maps are generated to offer context to the public. The study also contributes to the broader literature regarding lead exposure as an environmental injustice and using GIS in lead prevention.
Solomon, Logan, "Vermont Public Schools’ Water Tap Lead Exposure: A 2017 – 2021 Spatial Analysis" (2023). Environmental Studies Electronic Thesis Collection. 74.