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Release: Jan. 3, 2001

UI hosts seminar on possible employee health risks at Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the UI College of Public Health are co-sponsoring an outreach program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200 Front St., about the evaluation of long-range health conditions of former workers at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Laurence Fuortes, associate professor in the UI department of preventive medicine and environmental health, will give a presentation focusing on the possible increased risk of health problems in employees of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant near Burlington. Fuortes and his colleagues aim to identify all Line 1 workers employed between 1947 and 1975, determine substances and occupational hazards to which these workers may have been exposed in the production of atomic weapons, and develop a plan for further medical screening.

He will discuss the project's goals and status, participants' eligibility, and the benefits of the project to former workers and their families. The Wednesday evening program is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, contact the UI Alumni Association at 1-800-IOWALUM (469-2586) or visit its website