Apr 5, 2010 9:32 AM by Associated Press

Program aims to find victims of radiation exposure

Students are being encouraged to apply for a new federal program to help find victims of radiation
exposure in the Four Corners area.

The U.S. Department of Justice will select 30 students to travel the vast Navajo Nation and other communities this summer.

The student interns, 15 each in two sessions, first will undergo two weeks of training in Washington, D.C., on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, community outreach and cultural sensitivity.

Those who toiled in uranium mines, transported the extracted ore, participated in nuclear weapons testing or lived downwind from test sites could be eligible for compensation.

The federal government has paid out nearly $1.5 billion dollars over 18 years for some 22,350 claims.




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