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FAMU Hosts Seminar on Leon County Schools Exposure to Lead

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 06:09:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A professor at FAMU and a group of other educators are claiming that 16 Leon County elementary schools have lead levels in their water pipes exceeding federal guidelines. 

Donald M. Axelrad, P.h.D., a professor at the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University, as well as six other professors from local institutions came together to research the lead levels in the water.

The researchers found that 16 Leon County elementary schools had lead levels that exceeded federal guidelines in their water pipes, which are connected to water fountains and sinks in the schools.

To reveal their findings, the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' Institute of Public Health hosted an informative seminar to address the topic.

Organizers said that the event focused on the dangers of lead exposure, as well as invite interested students to join the research group.

The event was held on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in FAMU's New Pharmacy Building.

We will have more on the story at your WTXL ABC News at 5, 5:30, and 6.