Earlier today – President Biden, joined with Senator Ben Ray Lujan, signed a 2-year extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, otherwise known as RECA.
Originally RECA was set to end this year in July, due to it having a sunset provision act.
According to the Pacific Association for Radiation Survivors President, Robert Celestial, the 2-year extension is good news for the island and those affected by downwind radiation exposure.
The extension, according to celestial, gives them time to ensure that Congress addresses the 2 RECA amendment bills in the House and Senate, and to get them passed and signed into law.
Should they pass, Guam residents would receive benefits from the RECA program.