New Mexico has the second largest identified uranium ore reserves of any state in the U.S. (after Wyoming). As such, uranium mining was a significant industry in New Mexico from the early 1950s until the early 1980s. Since then, all uranium mining operations have ceased, and no new ore has been mined in the state since 1998.
The major mining site in New Mexico was the Grants Mineral Belt along the south border of the San Juan Basin in the northwest part of the state. Another mining site of significance is Church Rock, where a uranium mill spill occured in 1979. The accident reigns as the largest release of radioactive material in U.S. history. The spill affected Navajo Nation Tribal Trust lands, contaminating groundwater and the Puerco River.
The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) provides one-time benefit payments to persons who may have developed cancer or other specified diseases after being exposed to radiation from atomic weapons testing or uranium mining, milling, or transporting. Administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), RECA has awarded over $2.4 billion in benefits to more than 37,000 claimants since its inception in 1990.
New Mexico is one of eleven Uranium Worker Eligibility States. Uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters are a group identified for RECA benefits of up to $100,000 – RECA Act
For laborers who meet this criteria, you are entitled to healthcare benefits. Trusted Ally is here to help you utilize your benefits and fulfill your in-home care.
Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), which provides compensation and medical benefits to employees who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. The EEOICPA also offers benefits to survivors of these employees.
Under the EEOICPA’s Part E, compensation may be available to uranium miners, millers and ore transporters for illnesses that are linked to toxic substance exposure at workplace facilities covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Current and former employees of the U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors and subcontractors, uranium workers who worked at facilities covered under RECA, and eligible survivors of these employees are encouraged to apply for benefits.
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