2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 6 Jan 2005 21:24:50 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Iowa Army Ammunition Plant workers and radiation
Government support still lagging 

Cabinet secretary pledged medical compensation for munitions plant
workers in 2000. 

Burlington Hawkeye (IA)
January 6, 2005

Five years ago today, then?Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson sat
before a crowd of former Iowa Army Ammunition Plant workers and their
families at Bur?lington's City Hall and asked them to trust their
government again. 

Richardson called nuclear workers at the Middletown plant "Cold War
heroes." But have these men and women, many of whom suffer from
illnesses possibly linked to radiation and chemical exposure on the job,
been treated like heroes? 

Have they even been treated "properly," as Richardson pledged? 

The federal government has compensated fewer than 50 former Atomic
Energy Commission workers at the plant or their family members for lung

Every cancer claim filed under the flagship Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Program Act has been denied, based in part on a
questionable standard of radiation exposure modeled after the atomic
bombs dropped on Japan to end World War II. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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