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Arsenic in water won’t close Nevada boarding school

February 6, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services says it won’t close a boarding school after arsenic and “other harmful substances” were found in its water.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a department representative said Monday a visit to the facility showed that steps were being taken to ensure students’ safety.

Students are being served bottled water while federal officials work with the school to treat its water for high levels of arsenic and fluoride.

Officials said last week that they were investigating reports of child abuse and water contamination at Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley.

Though a physician’s report supported students’ claims that rashes on their skin was linked to the contamination, Margot Chappel, deputy administrator for regulatory and planning services for the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, says a state epidemiologist found evidence of the link was inconclusive.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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