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Bordallo wants compensation policy broadened

by Lannie Walker

Guam - Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has joined her colleagues in the introduction of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives. Essentially the measure would extend eligibility compensation to those exposed to radiation, which was previously uncovered to include Guam.

It also makes Guam claimants eligible for an equal amount of damages of $150,000, regardless of their occupation.  The dates covered run from June 30, 1946 to November 30, 1974 and also for the period April 25, 1962 to November 5, 1962.

Commenting, Bordallo says, "Many people in the designated areas have been affected by nuclear testing, including downwinders on Guam".  President of the Pacific Association of Radiation Survivors Robert Celestial has been fighting for Guam's inclusion and says he hopes the legislation is passed.

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