Capitol officials find lead in 2nd House office building


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol officials have found elevated levels of lead in the water at a second House office building.

The office of the Architect of the Capitol said Monday that testing showed the elevated levels in two locations in the Rayburn House Office Building. An email to staffers and lawmakers said that 99 percent of the water tested so far in that building is safe under Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The two locations that tested above EPA levels were in bathroom sinks in individual offices. Signs were posted at the sinks, and the architect’s office says it is taking action to lower the lead levels.

Officials shut off the drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building last week after they received elevated lead test results, prompting widespread concern on Capitol Hill. The architect’s office said the levels were ” slightly above” the EPA standard at the Cannon building.

The office has offered blood testing to lawmakers and staff.

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