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Title:
GOVERNMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR VICTIMS OF ATOMIC TESTING: A CHRONICLE OF THE POLITICS OF COMPENSATION ( JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLITICS, POLICY AND LAW, VOL. 8, NO.2, 1983, PP. 277-292 )
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Subject Terms:
VICTIMS COMPENSATION; LEGISLATION; RADIATION EFFECTS; NUCLEAR WEAPON TESTING
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
JOURNAL ARTICLE
Publication Date:
1983 Dec 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0016
Accession Number:
NV0067402
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
SINCE 1945 THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS CONDUCTED EXTENSIVE ATOMIC TESTING FOR PURPOSES OF PROTECTING THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEVELOPING INDUST RIAL USES OF NUCLEAR POWER. NEWLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION INDICATES THA T MANY CITIZENS WERE UNWITTINGLY HARMED BY EXPOSURE TO RADIOACTIVE FAL LOUT FROM THIS TESTING. THE VICTIMS ARE PRESSURING THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ITS ACTIONS AND OFFER COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES. TO DATE, HOWEVER, THEIR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN LARGELY UNSUCCESSFUL. THIS A RTICLE ANALYZES THE POLITICS OF THE ATOMIC COMPENSATION MOVEMENT, FROM ITS BEGINNINGS THROUGH THE 97TH CONGRESS. IT CONCLUDES THAT, BARRING THE ENACTMENT OF SPECIFIC LEGISLATION, ATOMIC VICTIMS STAND LITTLE C HANCE OF GAINING FINANCIAL COMPENSATION OR MORAL SATISFACTION.


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