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CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways. The people, now called “Trinity Downwinders,” were not notified of the danger, nor evacuated.
At the Eighth Annual Candlelight Vigil Saturday, July 15, Luján said, “Back in 1945 when that bomb was set off here, it set off a chain of events and that wrong has never been made right.  Families were impacted in a negative way, from those that had windows broken on their homes to those who saw the light (from the bomb) go off, to those who had to deal with the dust and ash that collected through the area.”
Unlike downwinders in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, the Trinity Downwinders have never been included in the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). It provides medical care and compensation to those exposed to atmospheric nuclear tests and uranium industry workers, some of whom worked in New Mexico. Since 1990, more than $2 billion has been awarded to claimants. Visit