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Activists seek broader compensation for Americans exposed to radiation after decades in limbo via The Hill

BY ZACK BUDRYK – 10/03/23 6:00 AM ET … Now, a coalition of activists from St. Louis and New Mexico is working with the support of a bipartisan supermajority of senators to broaden the pool of such Americans who are eligible for federal compensation.  A proposed amendment to the annual Defense … Continue reading

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Trinity Nuclear Test’s Fallout Reached 46 States, Canada and Mexico, Study Finds via New York Times

By Lesley M. M. Blume In July 1945, as J. Robert Oppenheimer and the other researchers of the Manhattan Project prepared to test their brand-new atomic bomb in a New Mexico desert, they knew relatively little about how that mega-weapon would … Continue reading

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‘We deserve better’: Residents demand action to extend radiation exposure compensation via Las Vegas Review-Journal

By David Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal Sheron Carter’s brother and grandfather died from cancer after working at the Nevada Test Site. Three years ago, the 66-year-old Las Vegas native was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she’s demanding lawmakers take action to compensate … Continue reading

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Cold War Nuclear Weapons Put St. Louis Community At Risk—in 2023 via The Equation (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Chanese A Forté Current-day residents near St. Louis, Missouri, are living with chronic health conditions and an increased cancer burden due to contamination from uranium mining and processes used in the production of nuclear weapons at the start of the … Continue reading

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U.S. lawmakers move urgently to recognize survivors of the first atomic bomb test via National Geographic

By Lesley M.M. Blume […] The flakes were fallout from the Manhattan Project’s Trinity test, the world’s first atomic bomb detonation. It took place at 5:29 a.m. local time atop a hundred-foot steel tower 40 miles away at the Alamogordo Bombing … Continue reading

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New push on to expand nuclear radiation compensation via The Santa Fe New Mexican

By Susan Montoya Bryan ALBUQUERQUE — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. … Continue reading

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Radiation Exposure Compensation Act – RECA – SPECIAL: Time Running Out for Downwinders of Trinity, Nuke Tests, Uranium Miners – NH #526 via Nuclear Hotseat

Listen Here: Audio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Podcast: Download This Week’s SPECIAL Featured Interviews: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) was enacted by Congress in 1990 to provide one-time benefits to persons who have likely developed cancer or … Continue reading

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House passes McAdams amendment to block funding for nuclear weapons testing via the Standard-Examiner

By Connor Richards The United States House of Representatives on Monday passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, to block federal funding for future nuclear weapons testing. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would “prohibit any … Continue reading

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Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded via Idaho Statesman

BY KEITH RIDLER ASSOCIATED PRESS Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors’ Association on Friday sent letters … Continue reading

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Justice Department Surpasses $2 Billion in Awards Under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act via Imperial Valley News

Washington, DC – The Justice Department announced today that it has awarded more than $2 billion in compassionate compensation to eligible claimants under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The RECA was enacted in 1990 as a non-adversarial alternative to … Continue reading

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