Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
Fighting for Utah’s Downwinders
Tragically, under the banner of national security, the U.S. government exposed Utahns and Americans to radioactive uranium ore and radioactive dust - subjecting them to lung cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Twenty years ago, former Utah Senator Orrin Hatch championed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to make sure the sacrifices of our state’s “downwinders” and their families are never forgotten.
Radiation exposure caused by the U.S. atomic weapon development program forever destroyed lives and livelihoods in Utah and throughout the west. It has been over twenty years since any meaningful reform to RECA - now is the time for the federal government to renew its support and right these wrongs. I’m proud to lead the bipartisan Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021 and look forward to delivering “downwinders” the support they deserve.
The RECA Amendments of 2021 would:
- Extend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Trust Fund from July 10, 2022, until 19 years after enactment of the legislation.
- Expand eligibility for compensation payments to cover additional diseases and downwinder communities, including Utah.
- Expand eligibility for compensation payments to cover uranium core drillers and DOE mediation workers.
- Increase compensation payments to $150,000.
- Direct HHS to establish a grant program to study the epidemiological impacts of uranium milling and mining.
Learn more about this legislation here.