07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 19:00
Bowser Administration Takes Immediate Action on Learning Samples Taken in February
Statement from Keith A. Anderson, Director - Department of General Services:
'Sustaining safe and healthy conditions at each District property is the mission and top priority of the Department of General Services (DGS). Of primary concern at DGS are the city's most vulnerable population - our children. Within 24 hours of notification of a concern raised about the Janney Elementary playground, DGS took immediate action. An independent lab has conducted three tests which have returned negative for the detection of lead at the Janney Elementary playground. DGS requests residents submit timely reporting of safety related concerns and remains fully committed to the highest level of safety at all of its facilities.'
On May 2, 2019, DGS was notified about tests results suggesting elevated levels of lead at the Janney Elementary School playground. These results, conducted by the Ecology Center, were from samples taken from the playground in February 2019. Upon notification, DGS took immediate action and conduct its own initial test results within 24 hours. DGS also took further steps by conducting two additional test rounds - one of them mirroring the same type of test performed by the Ecology Center. DGS conducted a three-pronged analysis out of an abundance of caution and to maintain the safety of those using the District's playground.
Based on this comprehensive analysis, DGS is confident in the science presented after the agency conducted three rounds of lead testing at the Janney playground and adjacent soccer field which reveal no presence of lead, thus posing no harm to users.