Trinity: The plight of 'downwinders'

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  • Jon W. Murray, UT
    July 20, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    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.