LoBiondo Introduces ?Children?s Mercury Exposure Act of 2007?
Joined by Fellow New Jersey Representative Andrews, Legislation is in Direct Response to Mercury Exposure of South Jersey Children at Kiddie Kollege in Franklin Township Last Summer
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? To protect children in New Jersey and across the nation, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today introduced H.R. 2813, the ?Children?s Mercury Exposure Act of 2007.? Joined by fellow New Jersey Representative Rob Andrews (NJ-01), LoBiondo?s legislation is in direct response to the mercury contamination of children attending the former Kiddie Kollege day care facility in Franklin Township. In the summer of 2006, it was revealed that Kiddie Kollege was built upon on a site that was previously used by a thermometer manufacturer with a history of mercury c ontamination and had not been properly cleaned up.
?The Kiddie Kollege incident reminds us that children can and unfortunately will be exposed to mercury from contaminated industrial sites,? said LoBiondo. ?The ?Children?s Mercury Exposure Act of 2007? attempts to ensure that children and parents have knowledge about the risks posed by this exposure; that the scope of this problem is determined; and that the appropriate level of testing and care is provided. I appreciate Representative Andrews? willingness to work with me to help ensure parents and children in our districts and elsewhere get the answers and treatment they deserve.?
In late July 2006, Kiddie Kollege was closed due to the discovery of mercury contamination in the soil. While initial testing of the children and staff determined there was mercury exposure, long-term testing was not authorized. In the subsequent weeks, LoBiondo contacted both the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request expanded testing of the homes of children and staff at Kiddie Kollege. Over the past year, LoBiondo has continued to work with the CDC, the EPA, state agencies, local elected officials and his Congressional colleagues to craft legislation that would meet the needs and requests of families whose children were exposed to mercury at Kiddie Kollege.
Specifically, the ?Children?s Mercury Exposure Act of 2007? would: