April 28, 2005

Downwinders

Marcia Franklin talks with Idaho "downwinders" and their advocates, who are seeking compensation for exposure to nuclear testing fallout.

More than 40 years ago, winds blew radiation from nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site into Idaho. Several counties in Idaho, including Gem County, were hard hit. Today, residents of that area who are suffering from cancer and other diseases have asked the government to include them in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), which compensates radiation victims $50,000 for their exposure to testing fallout.