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April 17, 2006

News Conference On Water Contaminants Set For April 19

The Iowa Policy Project (IPP) will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Shelter #5, lower level of City Park in Iowa City to release a new report, ""Chemicals of Concern: Iowa's First Field Research Area for Emerging Contaminants," describing the many chemicals present in Iowa's water.

The authors of the report say that the contaminants, some of which have only recently been tested for, may be detrimental to human health and wildlife. The report describes an Iowa location where national research attention has focused on the issue of contaminants.

Individuals scheduled to attend the news conference include: report co-authors Douglas Schnoebelen, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research hydrologist, UI adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and adjunct faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Geoscience; and Dana Kolpin, USGS hydrologist and project chief of the USGS's emerging contaminants project. Also attending will be Iowa Policy Project executive director David Osterberg and research associate Teresa Galluzzo.

A map offering directions to the news conference is available at: http://www.icgov.org/parks/images/cityparkmap.jpg. For more information, contact Mike Owen, IPP assistant director, at 319-338-0773, 319-331-1287, or at ipp@Lcom.net.

The Iowa Policy Project (http://www.iowapolicyproject.org) is a non-profit and non-partisan research organization designed to promote public policy that fosters economic opportunity while safeguarding the health and well being of Iowa's people and the environment.

By providing a foundation of fact-based, objective research and engaging the public in an informed discussion of policy alternatives, IPP advances effective, accountable and fair government.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu; Program, Mike Owen, 319-338-0773, 319-331-1287, mailto:ipp@Lcom.net