BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight hosted Members of Congress in Bloomfield, New Jersey, for a field hearing titled "Addressing the Lead Crisis through Innovation & Technology." The event took place at the Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen gymnasium.

Members and witnesses discussed the prevalence and effects of lead in drinking water and the challenges that local leaders face in addressing lead contamination. Committee Members will also consider innovative, science-based solutions for anticipating risk and preventing contamination and explore research opportunities to help municipalities reduce lead exposure more quickly and cost-effectively.

The hearing, open to the public and press consisted of two panels.  They were as follows;

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Panel I

  • The Honorable Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., County Executive, Essex County, New Jersey
  • The Honorable Joseph Scarpelli, Mayor of Nutley, New Jersey
  • The Honorable Michael Venezia, Mayor of Bloomfield, New Jersey

Panel II

  • Dr. Diane Calello, Executive and Medical Director, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Marc Edwards, University Distinguished Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Mr. Michael Ramos, Chief Engineer, Chicago Public Schools; Inventor, the Noah Auto Flushing Device for Lead Mitigation
  • Dr. Eric Roy, Founder, Hydroviv

More details from the field hearing will be included as it continues.