New Push To Expand Nuclear Radiation Compensation In Southwest

Sep 22, 2021

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. 

The Trinity nuclear detonation occurred July 16, 1945 in New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy


Advocates have been trying for years to bring awareness to the lingering effects of nuclear fallout surrounding the Trinity Site in southern New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation, where more than 30 million tons of uranium ore were extracted over decades to support U.S. nuclear activities. There are other sites around the American West that could be added to the list of places affected by fallout and radiation exposure. The program is set to expire next July.