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Thu selected to national agricultural air quality task force

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kendall M. Thu Ph.D., research scientist for the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to serve on the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.

Thu has been active in researching the environmental and economic impact of hog factories on surrounding communities. For example, his work has indicated potential health risks among neighbors of large-scale swine operations. Thu and his colleagues are currently studying emissions produced by these operations and their potential relationship to health symptoms developing in neighboring communities.

It was such research that prompted Glickman to select Thu to serve on the task force. The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force has been active in providing the secretary with advice on issues related to air quality and agriculture.

Thu will serve on the task force from Jan. 14, 1999 to Aug. 7, 2000.