Public information meetings for downwinders scheduled

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ST. GEORGE — The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program at Dixie Regional Medical Center will hold public informational meetings in Cedar City and St. George in the coming weeks.

  • In Cedar City, the meeting will be held in the boardroom of Cedar City Hospital, 1303 N. Main Street, at 6 p.m. Feb. 22.
  • In St. George, the meeting will be held in the Select Health Auditorium, 1424 E. Foremaster Drive, at 6:30 p.m. on March 1.

Information will be presented about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and possible compensation available to “downwinders” in the area. The term “downwinder” is used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in Southern Utah and eastern Nevada during the government’s nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s and ’60s.

Cancers that qualify under RECA include leukemia (but not chronic lymphocytic leukemia), multiple myeloma, lymphomas (other than Hodgkin lymphoma), 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.

All local residents are welcome to attend.

Event details

  • What: Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program. Information for those “downwinders” affected by radiation.
  • When: Cedar City: Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. | St. George: March 1 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Cedar City: Cedar City Hospital boardroom, 1303 N. Main St, Cedar City | St. George: Select Health Auditorium, 1424 E. Foremaster Drive, St. George.
  • Cost: No charge. All local residents welcome.

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1 Comment

  • SteveSGU February 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    How many Downwinders in the area have already received compensation? When does the compensation program end?

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