Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
|For Immediate Release: |
February 9, 2010
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553
Boxer Statement on Health Concerns in Kettleman City
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) made the following statement today on health concerns in Kettleman City, where federal, state and local officials are investigating the causes of a spate of birth defects and infant deaths:
“I urge federal, state and local officials to move quickly to address the health concerns of residents in Kettleman City. We need to take several steps immediately:
“First, we should not expand this hazardous waste facility until we have more conclusive results on the potential health impacts on the local community.
“Second, I am fighting to secure funding through the Recovery Act to build a water treatment plant to make sure residents have safe water to drink.
“Third, we need to make sure that all necessary steps are taken to identify the cause of these birth defects so we can protect the residents of Kettleman City.”