some information about a very limited program, doesn't cover
affected families, but a lot of folks out there need the info,
"Radiation Exposure Compensation Program"
Exposure Compensation Program is administered by the US Department
of Justice. It provides monetary compensation for 3 groups
millers, and transporters
People who worked
in these industries between 1942 and 1971 and who develop
lung cancer, kidney cancer (in millers or transporters), or
certain other conditions may be eligible for a lump sum payment
military personnel) who were present onsite during above-ground
nuclear tests and who later develop certain medical conditions
may be entitled to a payment of $75,000. The eligible conditions
include cancers of the lung, thyroid, breast, esophagus, stomach,
pharynx (throat), small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder,
salivary gland, urinary bladder, brain, colon, ovary, and
liver (unless related to cirrhosis or hepatitis B). Other
cancers covered include leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic
leukemia), non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
lived or worked downwind of above-ground nuclear tests in
certain counties in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona for at least
2 years during certain periods between 1951 and 1962 and who
later develop certain medical conditions may be entitled to
a payment of $50,000. The eligible cancers are the same as
those for onsite participants.
a more complete list of eligibility requirements and information
on how to file a claim, contact the Department of Justice
Radiation Exposure Compensation Program at 1-800-729-7327
(1-800-729-RECP) or visit their Web site at www.justice.gov/civil/torts/const/reca/index.htm.
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