A screening for northern Arizona residents who may have been exposed to radiation will take place Oct. 1 at the Payson Public Library.
Because the dangers of radiation exposure were unknown at the time, uranium workers were not protected and people who lived near the test sites were not warned or evacuated. For those who lived in the following counties: Coconino, Yavapai, Apache, Navajo, Gila and Mohave (north of the Grand Canyon) between 1951-1958 and July 1962, employed as a uranium worker beginning Jan. 1, 1942 ending Dec. 31, 1971 or worked as an onsite participant may qualify for federal compensation.
If you fit any areas listed above, you may have been exposed to radiation and should be screened for cancer and other serious health problems that can develop years after exposure. The RESEP program provides no-cost medical screenings and/or guidance in applying for federal compensation; one may also file on behalf of a deceased relative who may have been affected. Learn more by attending the workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Payson Public Library. Northern Arizona RESEP (Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program) through North Country HealthCare is set up to provide education to the public concerning the effects of radiation due to fallout or nuclear materials such as uranium.