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Ryan, Hochul want to get the lead out of telephone lines

Jul 21, 2023 12:51 am

Mid-Hudson News reports that after a Wall Street Journal story said hundreds of communities across the country including Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County have lead telecommunications cables leaching into the ground Congressperson Pat Ryan and Governor Kathy Hochul are upset. Both are demanding telecommunications companies remove lead cables from around the country. Ryan, who represents the 18th Congressional District, has written to the CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, and US Telecom requesting they remove the toxic lead cables. In Wappingers Falls one lead cable runs along the perimeter of a children’s playground and basketball court. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that children avoid soil containing more than 400 parts of lead per million, but samples taken on the local playground tested at 850 parts per million. Hochul has ordered an investigation into the issue, and closed the Wappingers Falls park while the soil there goes under further testing. Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.

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