CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
Release: Jan. 5, 2001
UI to host public meetings on former nuclear weapons plant workers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health will
host two public meetings this month about UI researchers' efforts to gather
information about the health of former nuclear weapons workers at the Iowa
Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, near Burlington.
The first meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Union Hall,
16452 Highway 34, in Middletown (one mile east of the IAAP administration
building). A second meeting, co-sponsored by the UI Alumni Association, will
be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200
Front St., in Burlington.
The U.S. Department of Energy has requested that the UI College of Public
Health evaluate the long-range health conditions of former nuclear weapons
workers who may be at risk for health problems because of their employment
at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.
Laurence Fuortes, M.D., UI associate professor of occupational and environmental
health, and director of the Burlington Atomic Energy Commission Plant Former
Worker Program, and colleagues aim to identify all the Line 1 workers with
employment histories spanning any time period between 1947 and 1975. The researchers
will determine substances and occupational hazards to which this group of
workers may have been exposed in the production of atomic weapons, and develop
a plan, based on the results of discussions and questionnaires, for possible
further medical screening.
Fuortes will highlight the goals and present status of the project, and
discuss the eligibility of participants and how this project might benefit
former workers and their families.
For more information, call (866) 282-5818.
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