Western Governors voice support for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021

Western Governors provided comments to the House of Representatives in support of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021, which offers compensation to individuals who contracted cancers and other serious diseases following exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons tests or while employed in the uranium industry. The letter of March 10, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, encouraged the House to pass the bipartisan bill that would expand affected areas to include much of the west and and increase the amount of compensation for those affected. “The RECA Amendments of 2021 would update the current statute to recognize the broader scope of populations and activities negatively affected by the nuclear weapons program,” the letter read. “The residents of western states and U.S. territories were the individuals primarily affected by these national security activities.” Read, download the letter

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