News from U.S. Senator Harry Reid

***Media Advisory***

DATE: Thursday, December 5, 2002
CONTACT: Tessa Hafen 202 369-9801

REID ENCOURAGES SCREENING OF FORMER NEVADA TEST SITE WORKERS

Will attend ongoing screening project at UMC

Las Vegas, NV - Continuing his work to see that former Nevada Test Site workers are well cared for, U.S. Senator Harry Reid will be on hand to observe a medical screening program designed to prevent and minimize the health impact of diseases caused by site related workplace exposures.

The three day screening session is part of the NTS Medical Surveillance Project, a coordinated effort by the Department of Energy, the Family Medicine Program of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Boston University. Senator Reid is trying to raise awareness of the project and the resources available to former NTS employees.

Senator Reid will be joined by Dr. Lewis Pepper, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, as well UMC personnel and former NTS workers.

What: Medical Screening for former NTS employees Who: Sen. Reid, UMC screening personnel, project coordinators When: Friday, Dec. 6th at 1:30 p.m. Where: UMC Quick Care on 6375 W. Charleston Blvd

Senator Reid recently introduced a law to compensate former test site workers who became ill due to their work at the site. The compensation program is ongoing and a number of former workers and their families have received payments.