My mother died of breast cancer at age 54, my father of leukemia at age 66. I
remember checking the maps when RECA was passed in the early 90's to see if
they would have been eligible for compensation, had they lived long enough, and
I found that in the time period of above-ground testing, they had lived in
various places always just outside the RECA area. So I'm happy to hear
that expanding the area is now being considered. One thing I think
this writer should have done is to differentiate betweem above-ground and
underground testing. I suspect that underground testing involves much less
radiation release, and little if any in the form of wind-spreadable fallout.
But, I'd like to know for sure - I'm not willing to simply take the
government's word for it.