so that they could inform their constituents. People were encouraged to register to speak by calling or writing to Kulbir Bakshi, project director for the subcommittee. The subcommittee was available before and after the meeting to talk to the media.
Each meeting began with a presentation about the subcommittee, which included background on the Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences, how the subcommittee was formed, the tasks assigned to it, a brief description of the work already completed by it, and the introduction of its members.
The public meetings in Minneapolis and Fort Wayne each lasted a full day. Of the 88 people who signed the registration sheets in Minneapolis, 24 presented formal comments. Of the 162 who signed the registration sheets in Fort Wayne, 33 spoke. The meeting in Corpus Christi lasted a half-day; of the 23 who signed up, 11 spoke. Appendix E contains the agendas for the public meetings. After each presentation, the subcommittee members were able to ask questions to clarify comments and gain additional information. At the conclusion of the comment sessions, open-microphone sessions provided an opportunity for an informal exchange of information and points of view among participants, members of the audience, and subcommittee members. The proceedings of the meetings were recorded and transcribed. Fact sheets provided at the meetings included information about how to obtain transcripts.
The public meetings were both emotional and informative. The many questions and issues raised were in three general categories: concern about possible health effects of exposure to ZnCdS, outrage about being exposed to a chemical by the government without being informed, and requests for information about the spraying activities—how, how much, when, where, and why.
Many people expressed pride in being American and having served their country but difficulty in believing that their government could have carried out the spraying activities without disclosing them to the public. People expressed concern about identifying and holding accountable those re-