Navajo Nation citizens have protested
uranium mines for years.
Published July 10, 2018
SHIPROCK, N. M. The Navajo Nation is urging
Congress to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) as
the time period to file claims for compensation is set to end four
years from today on July 9, 2022.
The public and families impacted by uranium mining are invited
to attend the next public meeting regarding Navajos advocacy of the
amendments on July 31, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., at the Phil L. Thomas
Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.
Many members of the federal government are not aware of the
effects uranium mining has had on Navajo people, President Russell
Begaye said. They dont see the consequences of radiation exposure.
They dont feel the pain of losing children, parents and
grandparents to the uranium contamination that still exists on our
This is why we are asking the federal government to take further
action, he continued, and we are encouraging our people to continue
to make their voices heard. What we need now is for Congress to
hold a markup on pending RECA legislation to expand compensation
for the uranium miners, millers and drillers who should have been
included in the first place.
Written comments and testimony from the public will be accepted
at the upcoming meeting, and caseworkers will be available on site
to provide assistance.
The RECA Amendments of 2017, the most recent group of
amendments, remain in committee in both the U.S. Senate and U.S.
House of Representatives. Tribal leaders have sought these
amendments since 2009.
The proposed amendments, if passed, will allow Post-1971 uranium
miners who worked in mines from 1972 to 1990 to become eligible for
compensation if they were affected by radiation exposure.
Underground and surface uranium miners suffering from kidney
failure or kidney cancer will also be eligible for
Furthermore, additional downwind counties affected by nuclear
testing in Nevada will become eligible for compensation.
The Office of the President and Vice President, Navajo Nation
Council, Navajo Nation Washington Office, Navajo Department of
Health, Navajo Uranium Workers Program and Navajo Uranium Radiation
Victims Committee have worked to track this legislation in
In the effort to push for...