CEE PhD students on Capitol Hill

Two CEE PhD students, Danielle Hollingshead and Amina Grant, were on Captiol Hill with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who help exposed the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Hanna-Attisha testified at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change on lead in drinking water. The students also met with legislative assistants of Rep. Loebsack and Rep. Finkenauer's offices.

Hollingshead and Grant are in the NSF Sustainable Water Development Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering and have been investigating lead in Iowans' drinking water for the past two years with Michelle Scherer, David Cwiertny, and Drew Latta. This past fall, the group ran a state-wide Get The Lead Out Campaign that offered free home lead testing to Iowa residents. In addition, the group is currently estimating Iowans' exposure to lead in drinking water over the last three decades and performing a cost-benefit analysis of a range of remediation options.

The hearing – entitled “EPA’s Lead and Copper Proposal: Failing to Protect Public Health” – was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, in the Rayburn House Office Building.

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hollingshead, grant, and hanna-attisha at hearing