Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement regarding House passage of the Bipartisan RECA Extension Act of 2022. The program, originally enacted in 1990, provides compensation to victims of radiation exposure caused by the federal government’s above-ground nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s and 1960s.
“For years, the federal government conducted nuclear tests in Utah’s backyard,” said Rep. Stewart. “Thousands of Utahns were infected by radiation exposure simply by living downwind of the testing sites. And today, thousands of ‘downwinders’ and their families are still suffering from the irreversible damage of radiation.
“But I’m proud to say Congress came together – on a bipartisan basis – to help right this wrong. RECA is a lifeline for downwinders in Utah, and it was just extended for two more years. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in our state whose family or friends haven’t been impacted by this tragedy. We cannot let the consequences of the nuclear arms race be swept under the rug of history.”