WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 6-23-2023


Walker County Schools says lead testing allowed them to correct levels at 4 schools in the district and that those levels are now at a safe amount.  WCS took advantage of the optional Clean Water for Georgia Kids initiative. The 4 schools were initially chosen due to the construction date of certain portions of their buildings being prior to 1980.  TThe approved process requires the testing of all drinking and cooking taps within the chosen building which includes sinks, water fountains, and ice machines.  The test kits and results are provided in the initiative by a third party testing company.  WCS says any elevated test results were mitigated according to the guidance and retested a second time, plus an additional 30-second flush and then a third test.  Walker County Schools says they will also implement the following preventive measures:

Continued testing at all remaining school buildings based on construction dates.

Scheduled line and fixture flushing after extended breaks including, but not limited to, long weekends, holiday, and summer breaks.
Installation and maintenance of filters on water fountains and ice machines.
40-year-old Benjamin David Byrd was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Walker County Detention Center and charged with possession of meth.
New legislation in Georgia taking place July 1st will enhance safety measures for water sports.  The new regulations effect wakeboard and wakesurfing on state waters.  Wakeboarders and wakesurfers will have to wear US Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times.  Enforcement begins in July but state officials say the initial focus will be on educating boaters of the changes.

Federal regulators want first responders to a train derailment to know exactly what they are dealing with even before they reach the scene, because the dangerous chemicals trains carry might require a specialized response.  So the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a new rule Wednesday that would require all railroads to immediately send the details of everything aboard their trains to every emergency responder within 10 miles, as soon as the railroad becomes aware of an accident.