Utah congressional representatives asked the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday for $30 million to begin payments to victims of fallout radiation and atomic testing in Nevada during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Attorney General Richard Thornburg requested $2 million to begin administering the fallout radiation claims when he testified before the committee two weeks ago, but the Utahns asked the panel to provide $30 million to begin paying claims this fall.The Department of Justice is still working on procedures for administering the Radiation Exposure Program, passed last year.

Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, told an Appropriations Subcommittee that "without money in the trust fund set up under last year's bill it won't mean very much to the claimants."