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University of Iowa News Release

March 10, 2003

UI To Host EPA Public Listening Session On Environment, Aging April 15

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public listening session to shape a "National Agenda on the Environment and Aging" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 on the University of Iowa campus. Because of space limitations, individuals who want to attend or speak must pre-register for the event, which will be held in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (corner of Jefferson and Madison Streets). The registration deadline is April 8.

Individuals who wish to make brief remarks may apply for a three-minute time slot. Speaking opportunities will be limited to 30 individuals who will be selected by the EPA from among all applicants. To register to attend or speak, visit http://www.epa.gov/aging/agenda. (An EPA toll-free number is expected to be available March 17 for those who do not have Internet access.) The event is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health, the UI Center on Aging and the Heritage Area Agency on Aging.

The aim of the session is to develop a national agenda that will identify the environmental health threats that affect older persons; the interventions that will prevent exposure to these hazards; the impact a rapidly aging population could have on the environment; and how to encourage older adults to volunteer to address environmental hazards in their communities.

The public listening session in Iowa City will be one of six being held nationally by the EPA. The session at the UI will be the only one held in the area of the Midwest/Plains states.

Parking near the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) will be limited (IMU Ramp and North Ramp). However, a free Cambus shuttle will run at 15-minute intervals between the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St. in Iowa City, and the IMU, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the day of the event, April 15. For those who wish to use the shuttle, parking is available at the Tower Place Parking Ramp on Iowa and Linn Streets, adjacent to the senior center. The free shuttle is open to all.

The EPA is seeking public comment until May 16 to assure that the final agenda includes input from the broadest base of expertise. People who are not able to attend or speak at the public listening session are urged to provide written comments. Comments may be sent by e-mail to aging.info@epa.gov or faxed to (202) 564-2733. Individuals submitting multi-page commentary are encouraged to include a one-page summary. Comments with attached documents should be mailed to EPA's Aging Initiative, Room 2512 Ariel Rios North, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20460.

For more information about attending the event, contact Lori Benz at the UI Center on Aging at (319) 335-6546 or lori-benz@uiowa.edu. Information also is available online at the UI Center on Aging Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/~centrage/res5_news_frm.htm.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, (319) 335-6660, becky-soglin@uiowa.edu. Program: Lori Benz, UI Center on Aging, (319) 335-6546, lori-benz@uiowa.edu