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Senators Re-Introduce RECA Bill
April 5, 2017
April 5, 2017
News & Events
The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) has been reintroduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Mike Crapo (ID), Tom Udall (NM), Martin Heinrich (NM), Jim Risch (ID), and Michael Bennet (CO).
Currently, RECA provides compensation for only a certain group of individuals who contracted specific diseases caused by radiation exposure. Those currently eligible for coverage include: uranium miners, millers and ore transporters who supplied uranium for the government’s nuclear program and onsite participants at atmospheric nuclear weapons testing from 1942-1971; or people who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site (“downwinders”) for certain periods between 1951-62.
Highlights of the re-introduced bill include:
- Extension of the trust fund for compensation and the statute of limitations to the year 2029.
- Expansion of the “affected” area to include Colorado, Idaho, Montana and New Mexico, as well as any county in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
- Addition of “core driller” as a labor category for covered uranium workers.
- Extension of the qualification period to Dec. 31, 1990 for uranium mine or mill employees.
- Revision of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) to consider uranium workers as a covered employee. This allows these claimants to petition to become a member of the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
Next step for the bill is for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings.