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Mohave County Supervisors support Downwinders bill

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is backing federal legislation to make long-time county residents eligible for assistance for health problems suffered due to nuclear testing in Nevada. (Energy Department photo/Public domain)

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is backing federal legislation to make long-time county residents eligible for assistance for health problems suffered due to nuclear testing in Nevada. (Energy Department photo/Public domain)

KINGMAN – The Mohave County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to support federal legislation introduced by Congressmen Paul Gosar (R-Prescott) and Greg Stanton (D-Phoenix) that would see Mohave and Clark counties included in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

The Downwinders Parity Act of 2021 would not only include those Arizona and Nevada communities, but would also extend the fund from 22 years to 27 years in regards to the window to file claims, starting from July 2000. According to the agenda, a 2005 Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency study found that “the Rads per individual to the thyroid in Mohave County were in some cases three times higher than those found in other Arizona counties that are in the RECA covered area.”

“I bring this to you today because for decades, the residents in Mohave County and Clark County, Nevada have been forgotten by the federal government,” said Supervisor Jean Bishop of District 4. “I’m hopeful these pending bills from Congressman Gosar and Congressman Stanton will bring some much-needed relief and a turning point in the decades-long pursuit of justice for the Downwinders who have suffered for the sake of our national security for years and years and years, since the early 1950s.”

Bishop also pointed to data documented by the National Cancer Institute, which showed that lower Mohave and Clark counties had higher rates of radiation exposure when compared to parts of the country already covered by RECA.

Kingman City Council was set to consider a similar resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, May 4, for which the city received thanks from Bishop.

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