Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Justice Dept contacting Four Corners victims of radiation exposure

The U.S. Dept. of Justice is recruiting student interns to contact families whose work in the uranium industry during the Cold War exposed them to radiation and entitle them to compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).

RECA seeks to compensate individuals who contracted certain cancers or other serious diseases after being exposed to radiation through nuclear weapons tests or work in the uranium mining industry between 1942 and 1971.

The RECA Internship will cover all travel costs as well as room and board for interns and pay a small stipend to cover incidental expenses. While the RECA program will sponsor the internships, a contractor, not the U.S. government, will employ the selected students.

In order to be eligible for the RECA Internship, applicants must be students in good standing. Two Washington, D.C., training sessions will be offered: June 7 to 18, 2010, and July 26 to August 6, 2010. The deadline for applicants for the June training session is April 15, 2010. The deadline for the July training session is May 1, 2010. Applications will be available online at on March 10, 2010, or interested students may contact RECA staff at (202) 616-4304 or to have an application mailed to them.
[taken from the US DOJ press release]

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