Congressman Albio Sires joins Senator Booker, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Payne, Jr. in Calls for Increased Assistance to Newark Residents Exposed to Lead
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires joined Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. in calling on federal agencies to provide assistance to Newark following the confirmation of lead contaminated drinking water.
In a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Congressman Sires, Senator Booker, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Payne asked the federal agency to provide greater assistance to Newark to ensure that residents have unrestricted access to safe drinking water.
The letter states: “The EPA has called on the City of Newark and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to advise residents with known or suspected lead service lines to use bottled water for drinking and cooking until further notice…While we appreciate the technical assistance EPA has provided to the City of Newark to date, we urge the EPA to identify additional resources to offer assistance in providing bottled water to Newark residents in order to ensure a sustained source of clean drinking water…We respectfully request your immediate assistance in identifying any and all options to provide not only technical assistance, but on the ground support and resources in Newark until further analysis is concluded and solution to these new concerns is implemented.”
In response to the ongoing situation in Newark, Congressman Sires commented, “It is extremely concerning that the well-being of thousands of Newark residents has been jeopardized by exposure to lead contaminated water. We must ensure that community residents have adequate access to the safe drinking water they need. I am working with the Senators and Congressman Payne to ensure that Newark has the support it needs to address this crisis swiftly and efficiently.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.