By KAYLA DESROCHES
Yellowstone Public Radio
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana schools are nearing a deadline to test their water for lead — and results so far aren’t great. The state for the first time is requiring all public schools to test their drinking water for lead. They have until December 31 to take initial samples. Yellowstone Public Radio reports that only about a quarter of schools had sent in samples by mid-December. Of those 136 schools, 125 had at least one drinking fountain, sink or other water fixture exceed the state action level for lead. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning: Long-term exposure can cause brain damage and developmental delays.