WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.”
Under current law, New Mexicans who were impacted by radiation exposure from atomic bomb testing and worked in uranium mines during the Cold War do not have access to compensation.
“I am encouraged that the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to ensure that all downwinders and uranium mining workers are able to receive the compensation they deserve. It is outrageous that countless individuals and their families have been unfairly prohibited from receiving compensation from radiation exposure for decades, even though many of them have developed rare illnesses and cancer. Many have already passed away.
“I call on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte to follow the Senate’s leadership and hold House hearings. Countless New Mexicans have suffered for too long, and I will continue to do everything I can to enact Rep. Lujan’s Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments (H.R. 2049) into law and permanently fix this clear injustice.”