Payne, Jr.'s Statement on Newark Water Crisis
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s Statement on Newark’s Water Issue
The greatest threat with this water issue is the health of our children. I introduced the Test for Lead Act to establish stronger tests for lead in school drinking water and avoid such problems for Newark and other communities across the country.
But I am not going to wait for that bill to pass to help improve Newark’s drinking water. I am collaborating with Mayor Ras Baraka, city officials, and environmental protection personnel at the national and state level to get better lead screens for a short-term solution. I am working with those same officials to find national resources to help cover the $70- $100 million cost of new water pipes in and around the city for a permanent solution.
I have co-signed a letter that called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide more resources to aid the residents of Newark during this crisis. Also, I am working with Rep. Grace Napolitano, chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and my other colleagues on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to discuss solutions on a national level. We need to work tirelessly and immediately to guarantee what happened in Flint, MI. doesn’t happen anywhere else.”