|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:||
Monday, October 15, 2001
CONTACT: Jesse Jacobs
Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation, has announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on "Lead-Based Paint Poisoning: State and Local Responses."
With nearly one million pre-school children affected, lead poisoning continues to pose the most serious environmental health hazard to children in the United States. Lead poisoning can cause long-term health and behavior problems, lowered IQs and severe learning difficulties. It has even been linked to higher incidences of cavities in teeth. The federal government alone has spent over a billion dollars to address the problem of lead contamination and poisoning.
Among the issues the hearing will examine are the continuing affects of lead poisoning on children; the strengths and weaknesses of programs to permanently eliminate lead poisoning; and state and local government efforts to recover the costs of abatement and treatment programs linked to lead paint.
The hearing will be held:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2001
538 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
Scheduled to appear before the Subcommittee are: