S. Hrg. 107-364: Anthrax Decontamination: Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress First Session, Special Hearing November 28, 2001   [open pdf - 251KB]

On November 28, 2001, the Senate Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations convenes to discuss and hear testimony regarding Anthrax Decontamination. Testifying are Christine Todd Whitman of the Environmental Protection Agency and John Marburger III of the Doffice of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President. Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski explains that "The VA-HUD Subcommittee wanted to act very quickly to convene this timely hearing to discuss the issues of decontamination of anthrax both at the Hart Building, the Brentwood postal facility, and other private sector buildings that are exposed. This is to discuss the role of EPA and the Office of the Science Advisor to the President in terms of decontamination process." She continues "I would like to know really who is in charge in the decontamination effort for the Federal Government, and who is in charge of the Capitol, Brentwood, and other facilities. Who is in charge of the science, to know what is the best methodologies for decontamination? Who is in charge of identifying the decontamination methods? Who is in charge of implementing them, and then who is in charge of telling us the criteria for how clean is safe?" Ranking Minority Member Christopher Bond submits: "While we have received periodic reports from the Capitol Police about the progress of decontamination efforts on the Hill, I think there are a lot of questions that we all have about exactly how the Federal Government is responding to these very unusually difficult circumstances, and how responses will be handled in the future for both the public and private sector."

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