- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has asked President Donald Trump’s administration for $600 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects across the state.

Ducey’s requests are among hundreds that have been sent to the White House in connection with Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure program.

Among Ducey’s requests is nearly $64 million for repairs to Arizona schools, including fixing facilities where elevated traces of lead have been found in drinking water, The Arizona Republic reported (https://bit.ly/2lHt5jj).

Education-related requests in Ducey’s proposal include $38.5 million to handle lead issues in water, $17.5 million to replace antiquated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units, and $8.4 million to repair rubber flooring at some schools where testing has found it is emitting high levels of mercury vapor.

The federal money would provide another source of funding outside the $30 million all schools in the state currently have for fixing facilities.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality launched a statewide effort in January to test more than 1,000 schools for lead in drinking water. Most schools in the state do not regularly test their drinking water for lead. They are not required to do so. Thus far, 17 out of 57 schools have been found to have elevated traces of lead in their drinking water.

The Arizona School Facilities Board also spent part of last year testing dozens of schools believed to have rubberized flooring known to emit toxic mercury vapors.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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