Committee approves Downwinders' memorial
The Arizona Senate has taken the first step last week toward approving a memorial that asks the U.S.
Congress and President George W.
Bush to compensate Mohave County victims of nuclear fallout from the southern Nevada test site.
The Senate Health Committee on Thursday passed Senate Concurrent Memorial 1002 by an 8-0 vote with one member absent.
The Senate Rules Committee will act on the memorial next before it receives a vote of the full Senate.
Once passed by the state Senate and House, the Memorial will be sent to the president, Vice President and Senate President Dick Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and each of Arizona's eight members of Congress.
Fallout from nuclear testing between 1951 and 1962 is believed to have caused numerous cancers and other maladies in Mohave County residents.
Despite wind-pattern photos that indicate Mohave County was hit by radiation fallout, the county was not included in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990.
At a Mohave Downwinders' meeting Saturday, Eleanore Fanire said the group also is trying to help affected residents of southeastern California and extreme southern Clark County, Nev.
qualify for compensation under the act.
The Downwinders are concerned about recent Congressional approval of $47 million to be used for underground testing of bunker buster bombs in southern Nevada.
Fanire said people there were affected by both aboveground and underground nuclear testing.