House to hold hearing on expansion of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act 2021

PARS President Robert Celestial (PNC file photo)

The House Judiciary Subcommittee for Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will be holding a Zoom Hearing on March 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

The oversight hearing will be on the Eligibility to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act 2021.

This will be the first hearing in 2021 for RECA and since a Senate bill and a House bill for RECA has not been introduced yet, the Pacific Association for Radiation Survivors (PARS) is hopeful that Guam will be represented at the hearing.

Robert N. Celestial, president of PARS, was contacted last week to submit personal information along with Mrs. Tona Henderson Idaho Downwinders, and Mrs. Tina Cordava New Mexico Downwinders for an invite to speak at the hearing.

Although PARS has yet to receive confirmation from the committee, Celestial has submitted his written testimony to Chairman Steve Cohen’s Legislative Director Reisha Buster.

The National Research Council’s report concluded in 2005 that “Guam did receive measurable from atmospheric testing in the Pacific” and recommended that the residents during that time period be included in RECA as downwinders.

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 2021, if passed, will provide medical benefits and $150,000 for eligible downwinders and extend the RECA program past 2022 and allow those eligible to file a claim.

(PARS News Release)