ACT NOW for Downwinders!
While other victims of atomic testing have been compensated, the Trinity Downwinders have not. Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a historic expansion and extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), meant to compensate Trinity Downwinders and others, we need to ask the U.S. House to do the same.
As passed in the Senate, the measure raises the amount of compensation per person and continues the program an additional 19 years. It also includes certain uranium miners and millers who worked in the industry after 1971.
While the original RECA only included those downwind of the Nevada test site, this amendment would expand Downwinder eligibility to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Radioactive fallout from all above ground continental atomic testing hit 46 states in the U.S.
Send a letter, and call the U.S. House of Representatives switchboard, (202) 224-3121. Ask for your representative. Tell them to support S. 1751 / H.R.4426 amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) as passed in the Senate with NO CHANGES.
Expanding RECA would ensure that additional Downwinders receive recognition and compensation for their exposure to radiation.
Image: Estimated radiation deposition from Trinity after 10 days; adapted from: Fallout from U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests in New Mexico and Nevada (1945-1962)
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