ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have introduced legislation aimed at expanding restitution to New Mexicans exposed to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons.
Right now, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act compensates miners, millers and other transporters who supplied uranium for the government’s nuclear program between 1942 and 1971. But the senators want to expand that program to others affected, including those who lived near testing sites, or worked on the nuclear weapons in other capacities.
Many of those people are suffering from significant health issues because of that exposure.