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USA moves to compensate atomic radiation victims

“Uranium and weapons development of the Cold War era left a gruesome legacy in communities of mine workers and downwinders,”

Bipartisan bill would compensate more downwinders  Legislation covers people affected in seven states. By Judy Fahys The Salt Lake Tribune04/20/2010 People throughout seven Western states — including anywhere in Utah — who were exposed to radiation from atomic testing and the uranium industry would be eligible for government compensation, under proposed new congressional legislation……..

“Uranium and weapons development of the Cold War era left a gruesome legacy in communities of mine workers and downwinders,” said Udall, noting the past effort to “compensate in some way for the resultant sickness and loss of life.”

“Today we are taking the next step to close this sad chapter in history and improve the reach of compassionate compensation to those Americans who have suffered but have not qualified under RECA in its current form.”

To date, the federal government has paid nearly $1.5 billion to more than 22,000 people who were downwind of atomic testing in certain Arizona, Utah and Nevada counties, who participated in the weapons tests, who transported uranium ore or who mined or milled uranium.

Currently, eligibility in Utah is limited to those suffering lung, breast, colon, ovarian or certain other cancers who were exposed to fallout while living in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Washington or Wayne counties. Under the proposal, the entire state would be covered…….

The most important part of the push to expand RECA is the recognition it offers to the many people who have suffered from radiation exposure but have not been acknowledged previously.

“It was not just this tiny corner of the West” that was exposed, she said. “It affected the whole West and the whole country.”

Bipartisan bill would compensate more downwinders – Salt Lake Tribune

April 21, 2010 - Posted by | 1, uranium | , , , ,

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