A measure to compensate more people exposed to radiation from uranium mining and nuclear weapons tests has passed the Senate and now awaits negotiations with the House, raising hopes that the aid will become available across a wider area of Arizona and the Southwest.
The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would authorize additional coverage for individuals exposed to radiation during the Cold War era while working in uranium mines or living downwind from atomic weapons tests.
The changes would expand the coverage area to allow more potential victims, such as people who lived downwind from above-ground atomic weapons tests in the 1950s and 1960s, to file for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
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