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'Downwinder' radiation presentation scheduled next month

Area residents seeking information about the Federal government's Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) may attend a presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 in Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater, 415 W. Gurley St. in downtown Prescott.

The presentation will include a Q & A session, and a Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) director from Washington, D.C. will be available until 4 p.m. to answer questions and examine claims. Representatives from Flagstaff's North Country Health Care will participate in the session, as well.

Commonly known as the Downwinder Program, RESEP helps individuals who live (or lived) in areas where U.S. nuclear weapons testing occurred. The RESEP website lists Arizona as a "high-impact" state. Sharlot Hall Museum's Archives is one of the sites where claimants can search for proof of residency to file a claim.

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act created RESEP to help individuals diagnosed with cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials such as uranium. The program awards grants to health care providers in the 12 states most affected by the Cold War's nuclear weapons industry. The grantees serve radiation-exposed individuals and help them establish eligibility for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program.

The RESEP website advises individuals who lived near areas where above-ground nuclear tests were conducted 1951-1958 and June 30-July 31, 1962 and/or worked in the uranium mining industry from 1942 through 1971 to be screened for cancer and other serious health problems that can develop years after exposure. Eligible individuals who are diagnosed with specific cancers and chronic diseases that may have resulted from radiation exposure may be eligible for payments of $50,000 to $100,000 from the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program.

For more information about the upcoming presentation at Sharlot Hall Museum, call Scott Anderson at 445-3122.