Serial No. 107-39: Decontamination of Anthrax and Other Biological Agents: Hearing before the Committee on Science, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Seventh Congress, First Session, November 8, 2001 [open pdf - 377KB]
From the opening statement of Sherwood L. Boehlert: "We are here this morning to focus on one of the most essential, yet, one of the least discussed, aspects of the fight against bioterrorism: the decontamination of buildings. We have all had a kind of home-schooling crash course in decontamination in the recent weeks, trying to piece together a comprehensible picture from snippets of newspaper articles, and questionable official statements. Today, instead, we get to have Decontamination 101, a thoughtful, comprehensive overview of what we know and what we still need to know from acknowledged experts in the field. We plan to follow up on our education by holding a hearing with the Federal agencies that are responsible in this area, if we can find them. I say that half jokingly. The Federal efforts on decontamination, in terms both of emergency response and R&D, are fragmented enough to make Humpty Dumpty blush. Civilian and military agencies are involved, different portions of agencies are involved, classified and unclassified research is involved. The whole effort simply does not cohere. That has to change." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherwood L. Boehlert, Ralph M. Hall, Joe Baca, Constance Morella, Jerry F. Costello, J. Randy Forbes, Lynn R. Goldman, James R. Baker, Jr., Charles N. Haas, and Manuel S. Barbeito.
Serial No. 107-39