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Tuesday October 4th

Preston Fore


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‘No safe level of exposure’: What having lead in campus water means for UNC

In recent weeks, the University has found detectable levels of lead in the drinking fountains and sinks of eight UNC buildings — including Fordham, Hamilton, Manning, Phillips, Carrington and Isaac M. Taylor Halls, along with South Building and Wilson Library. UNC testing has found that samples in seven out of the eight buildings exceeded the threshold of 15 parts per billion (ppb), the amount set by the EPA requiring water systems to take action.  “If you don't test for lead, you're not going to find it,” Elizabeth Kamai, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern California who has previously studied children's lead exposure in North Carolina, said.  

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A young Preston Fore happily drives his toy Jeep through his yard.
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Opinion

Office DJ: My I-40 soundtracks

"There is no comparable feeling of having the windows down, music blaring and venturing through multiple windy turns and even a few tunnels. It provides the most direct time for reflection, as you are forced to have two hands on the wheel, eyes straight ahead, thoughts with yourself and the car."

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Detectable levels of lead found in drinking fountains of eight campus buildings

Lead has been detected in drinking fountains in eight campus buildings this month, according to emails sent to building occupants and further confirmed by a University spokesperson. The affected buildings include Hamilton, Fordham, Manning, Phillips, Carrington and Issac M. Taylor Halls, South Building and Wilson Library. Drinking fountains in multiple buildings yielded over 25 times the detectable lead threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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"A violation of civil rights": UNC maintenance backlog highlights lack of campus accessibility

UNC’s deferred maintenance backlog has reached over $988 million — of which nearly $42 million allocated for elevators and lifts is awaiting funding — according to the Facilities Condition Assessment Program.  “This campus is not at all accessible, or equitable for the things that I can access compared to able-bodied peers of mine,” Sophomore Eleanor Bolton said. “A lot of things that are definitely in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act are ignored for years and years.”

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With over 50 buildings in severe condition, UNC's maintenance costs keep growing

UNC’s deferred maintenance backlog has grown to over $900 million and counting. The facilities condition index is a ratio of remedying a building’s deficiencies relative to the current building replacement value. A building in good condition has an FCI of less than or equal to 0.05; fair condition if between 0.05 and 0.10; poor condition if between 0.10 and 0.30, and severe condition if greater than 0.30. The average for all UNC buildings is 0.19, falling in the poor condition category.

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