Idaho Congress Asking for Fallout Compensation



By Faye Hoffman

The Idaho House has passed a measure calling on Congress to include Idahoans exposed to nuclear fallout in a federal law.

The measure compensates people for health problems that may be linked to aboveground nuclear weapons testing in Nevada in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act includes residents of 21 counties in western states but not any in Idaho, despite scientific research which shows that some locations in the Gem State were among the most heavily exposed to nuclear fallout.

Representative Kathy Skippen has been pushing Idaho's congressional delegation to take a stand on the issue.

A spokesman for Senator Larry Craig says members of Idaho's congressional delegation are waiting for a National Academy of Sciences report on the issue to be finished at the end of March.

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