Radiation Exposure Screening And Education Program (RESEP)

What is RESEP?

The Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program (RESEP) helps individuals who live (or lived) in areas where U.S. nuclear weapons testing occurred. RESEP was created by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2000 to help thousands of individuals diagnosed with cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials such as uranium. The program awards grants to health care providers in the 12 states most affected by the Cold War's nuclear weapons industry. The grantees serve radiation-exposed individuals and help them establish eligibility for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program.

What is RECA?

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) was passed on October 5, 1990.The United States conducted nearly 200 atmospheric nuclear weapons development tests from 1945 to 1962. Essential to the nation’s nuclear weapons development was uranium mining and processing, which was carried out by tens of thousands of workers. Following the conclusion of these activities, lawsuits against the United States alleged failure to warn of exposures to known radiation hazards. These suits were dismissed by the appellate courts. Congress responded by devising a program allowing partial restitution to individuals who developed serious illnesses after presumed exposure to radiation released during the atmospheric nuclear tests or after employment in the uranium industry Significantly, claimants qualify for compensation by establishing the diagnosis of a listed compensable disease after working or residing in a designated location for a specific period of time.

See If You Qualify for Downwinders
$50,000 Compensation

If you or a family member lived in any of the downwind regions during January 21, 1951 through October 31, 1958 or during the entire month of July 1962?

If an affected family member is deceased, their spouses, children or grandchildren are considered eligible survivors and may make a claim on their behalf.

Identification Documents

Proof of initial exposure prior to age 21. Hospital Birth Records | Certificate of Indian Blood | Birth Certificate | Baptismal Certificate | Voting Records | School Records | Tax Records

Medical Condition

Diagnosed with one of the compensable cancers or illnesses: Bile Duct Cancer | Bladder Cancer | Brain Cancer | Breast Cancer | Colon Cancer | Esophagus Cancer | Gall Bladder Cancer | Leukemia | Liver Cancer | Lung Cancer | Multiple Myeloma | Nasal Pharynx Cancer | Lymphoma | Ovarian Cancer | Pancreas Cancer | Salivary Gland Cancer | Small Intestine Cancer | Stomach Cancer | Thyroid Cancer

Physical Presence Documentation

Proof of residence or employment within the affected area on any two dates less than three years apart, during the periods beginning on January 21, 1951, and ending October 21, 1958. Recorded Documents from any of the following: Federal Records | Education Institution | Utility Company | Public and Private Library | State or Local Historical Societies |Religious Organization | Business Activity or Entity | Civic or Fraternal Association | Medical Records

Legal Requirements

This is not a class action lawsuit. The RESEP has been approved by the United States Congress. It is available to those individuals that were subject to radioactive nuclear fallout from the Nevada Test Site.

RECA Compensation Categories

  • Downwinders - $50,000
  • Uranium Miners - $100,000
  • Uranium Millers - $100,000
  • Ore Transporters - $100,000
  • On-Site Participants - $75,000

How do I schedule a screening?

Radiation Exposure Screening exams are available at: Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Specialty Care Center 3011 E Cedar Ave Tuba City, AZ 86045

To schedule an appointment call: 928-283-1802 or 928-283-2939

Screening services may include: Physical exam | Urine Dip Test | Blood Work | Stool Test


This Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $221,661 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.