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US Senate to Hold Hearing on
Fallon, Nevada's Cancer Cluster


REID TO CONDUCT SENATE FIELD HEARING ON NEVADA LEUKEMIA CASES

http://reid.senate.gov/~reid/press/01/04/2001405D24.html

Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid will conduct a field hearing Of the Committee on Environment and Public Works in Fallon, Nevada, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2001, at the Fallon Convention Center. The hearing will focus on efforts to learn more about leukemia cases in the area and to discuss ways to further aid communities in Nevada and across the nation who are facing public health or environmental threats.

"When cancer strikes a community in Nevada or anywhere else, we have a duty to focus every available resource on that danger," said Reid, Ranking Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. "This hearing will bring together medical experts, state officials, federal agencies and the community in hopes of learning all we can about these leukemia cases. As a parent, I can think of nothing more important than helping a sick child and my heart goes out to those families battling this disease."

With work on investigating the Fallon cancer cases already under way, the hearing also will offer an opportunity to chart current progress and the future direction of those efforts.

"The State of Nevada, the City of Fallon, the U.S. Navy, the Centers for Disease Control and others are already working on this important issue, and enhanced coordination is essential to maximize this effort. We also will explore the availability of additional federal resources and hear from local and state officials about remaining community needs," said Reid, the Assistant Democratic Leader.

In addition, panelists will discuss ways in which the federal government can help to supplement state, local and private resources to support ongoing investigations into cancer clusters and environment-related health threats to communities nationwide.

Taking part in next week's hearing will be U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who serves alongside Reid as a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Also scheduled to attend are members of Nevada's congressional delegation, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, state Senator Mike McGinness and state Assemblywoman Marcia DeBraga. Testimony at the hearing will include parents of leukemia patients, medical and scientific experts, officials with the City of Fallon, the State of Nevada, the U.S. Navy and federal agencies.

WHO: U.S. SEN. HARRY REID, GOV. GUINN, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS, MEDICAL/SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS

WHAT: FIELD HEARING OF THE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001, 9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: FALLON CONVENTION CENTER ( 100 campus way, Fallon, NV)

Panel I

Assemblywoman Marcia de Braga Nevada State Assembly

Ms. Brenda Gross Fallon resident

Ms. Karinsa Muro-Rivers Fallon resident

Dr. Stephen Prescott Executive Director (accompanied by Joseph V. Simone, M.D Senior Clinical Director) Huntsman Cancer Institute

Panel II

Dr. Mary Guinan Nevada State Health Officer

Dr. Randall Todd Nevada State Epidemiologist

Rear Admiral R. J. Naughton (accompanied by Captain D.A. "Roy" Rogers, Commander) Fallon Naval Air Station

Mr. Ken Tedford Mayor, City of Fallon, Nevada

Ms. Gwen Washburn Commissioner, Churchill County, Nevada

Panel III

Dr. Henry Falk, Assistant Administrator Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (accompanied by Dr. Aubrey Miller Medical Coordinator, Environmental Emergencies and Hazards U.S. Public Health Service)

Dr. Thomas Sinks Associate Director for Science, National Center for Environmental Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. E. Ramona Trovato Director, Office of Children's Health Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Shelly Hearne Executive Director, Trust for America's Health




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