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Reuters: U.S. To Pay Workers for Uranium Radiation Exposure

Published: April 12, 2000
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Reuters reported on April 12, 2000:

“Justice for our nuclear workers is finally happening,” Richardson said at a news conference announcing the program. “The government for a change is on their side and not against them.”

Under the compensation plan, which would have to be approved by Congress, nuclear workers who got sick would receive payments for past medical bills and lost pay. Those with certain cancers would be eligible for compensation beginning at $100,000.

Richardson said the biggest change in policy is that the government will not contest many of the claims and workers would receive the benefit of the doubt when plant medical records are missing or flawed.

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