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Sisters Ask Government for Hanford Cancer Compensation

Cathy Duchamp
12/04/2006

Two sisters have petitioned the federal government to compensate Hanford workers and their survivors for radiation-related cancers linked to the site. They say it's a matter of justice for thousands of people who helped the nation fight the Cold War. Correspondent Cathy Duchamp reports.

ROSEMARY HOYT WAS ONLY TEN WHEN HER FATHER DIED OF COLON CANCER AT AGE 47. HE HAD WORKED AT THE HANFORD SITE AS A CARPENTER AND ALL-AROUND MAINTENANCE MAN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TWICE-DENIED COMPENSATION CLAIMS FILED BY HOYT AND HER SISTER. NOW THE SISTERS ARE ASKING THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER A NEW SET OF GUIDELINES FOR CLAIMS ON BEHALF OF ALL COLD-WAR ERA HANFORD EMPLOYEES WHO DEVELOPED ANY OF 22 CANCERS:

HOYT: "It's about our government misusing people, covering up, lying and treating people as if they're disposable. We will join forces and eventually there will be enough people that will have enough evidence that they will not be able to deny us."

RIGHT NOW THE FEDS ONLY AWARD COMPENSATION IF THERE'S AT LEAST A 50-PERCENT CHANCE THAT RADIATION EXPOSURE AT HANFORD CAUSED A CANCER. SO FAR ABOUT 500 HANFORD WORKERS OR THEIR SURVIVORS HAVE RECEIVED PAYMENT. THAT'S 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH PLUS MEDICAL EXPENSES. I'M CATHY DUCHAMP REPORTING.

℗ Copyright 2006, KUOW News

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