Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Wednesday introduced the Senate version of the Hatch-Owens bill to aid radiation victims. The bill had seven co-sponsors who have joined in the week since Hatch and Owens announced they had agreed on a joint effort to help victims of both uranium mining and atomic bomb testing in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, said through a spokesman that six House members had agreed to co-sponsor the bill, which is to be dropped into the House hopper shortly.The bill offers payments of $50,000 to victims of radiogenic cancers who lived in the fallout area between 1951 and 1962 and $100,000 to uranium miners who worked in poorly ventilated mines in the early 1950s.