U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) petitioned the House Committee on Rules to allow the Mohave County Radiation Compensation Act of 2013, H.R. 424, to be considered during re-authorization of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) debate. This legislation would ensure that residents of Mohave County who may have been exposed to radiation poisoning from nuclear weapons tests between 1952 and 1962, are eligible for compensation pursuant to an existing federal fund, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The current law excludes residents from Mohave County even though the radiation plume impacted residents of Mohave County. Mohave County's lack of inclusion is in error since hundreds of Mohave County residents were impacted by these weapons tests, according to the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. Congressman Gosar urged Congress to include H.R. 424 in the NDAA and to amend RECA.
That petition was denied, so Congressman Gosar will continue to get the law passed other ways.
Rep. Gosar stated:
"The Federal Government has now twice victimized the Downwinders, and Congress needs to remedy this injustice. First by creating the radiation plume, and second by excluding these citizens from the compensation fund. Those in Mohave County who have contracted cancer or other serious illnesses as a result of radiation should be rightfully part of the eligible applicants. Congress formally apologized on behalf of the country, and promised to make it up to the Downwinders. I intend to hold Congress to that promise. I will continue to seek justice for the Downwinders."
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