Navajos pay for industry's mistakes

Paskus, Laura
September 2006
High Country News;9/4/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 16, p14
The article focuses on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and health screening programs established by the U.S. Congress to compensate uranium workers in Navajo, Arizona, who suffered from various lung illnesses and diseases for working in uranium mills between 1947 and 1971. According to Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger, medical director of the federal Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program on the county's reservation, the RECA program is not working well enough and that the whole system is set up so that people are hoping to find some problems with their health to avail for the compensation. With this, he suggests that uranium workers should be paid based on the number of years they worked, noting that future health problems cannot be ascertained.


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