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Public Meeting in St. George on May 8 to Discuss Scheduled End of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Law
May 8 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program at Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is holding public information meetings in St. George and in Enterprise to discuss the scheduled end of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which expires on July 9, 2022.
The meeting in St. George will take place on May 8 at 6:30 p.m., at the Intermountain Cancer Center of St. George, 600 S. Medical Center Drive. The Enterprise meeting will be held on May 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Enterprise City Council Room, 375 S. 200 East.
Information will be presented about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and possible compensation available to Downwinders, a term used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in southern Utah and eastern Nevada during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site from 1951-58 and July of 1962.
Cancers that qualify under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act include leukemia (but NOT chronic lymphocytic leukemia), multiple myeloma, lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s), and primary cancers of the pharynx, small intestine, salivary gland, brain, stomach, urinary tract/bladder, colon, thyroid, pancreas, breast, esophagus, bile ducts, liver, gall bladder, lung, and ovary.
“People should be aware that the legislation funding RECA is set to expire in 2022. Your help contacting our legislators to ask their help in extending this deadline is greatly appreciated,” said Rebecca Barlow, Project Director for Radiation Exposure Screening Clinic at Intermountain Dixie Regional Hospital.
All local residents are invited to attend the public meetings. For more information call 435-251-2875.
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