Pallone to Testify Before State Senate on High Rates of Children Affected by Lead Poisoning in NJ

Feb 26, 2016 Issues: Health Care, New Jersey

LONG BRANCH, NJ – On Monday, February 29th, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), who serves as the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will testify before the New Jersey Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens on the alarming rates of children affected by lead poisoning throughout the state.  Pallone will discuss his recent efforts to get answers about federal funding New Jersey receives for lead poisoning prevention programs and take questions from the Committee’s Chair, Senator Joseph Vitale, and other members.

Last week, Pallone sent a letter to the New Jersey Department of Health asking for more information on the federal funding the state receives to help detect dangerous levels of lead in communities throughout the state.  Pallone asked for information on exactly how these funds, meant to assist public health authorities in identifying high risk areas and implementing interventions as needed, are used in the state and if additional resources are needed to combat this serious public health challenge.

Pallone’s request for additional information on federal funding comes after Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) recently vetoed a bill that would have restored $10 million to the State’s lead remediation fund.

WHO:

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)

WHERE:

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Hearing

Committee Room 1

First Floor

State House Annex

Trenton, NJ 08608

 

WHEN:

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

1:45pm