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, carried out by tens of thousands of workers. Following these activities' conclusion, lawsuits against the United States alleged failure to warn of exposures to known radiation hazards. The appellate courts dismissed these suits. Congress responded by devising a program allowing partial restitution to individuals who developed severe 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.

See If You Qualify for Downwinders
$50,000 Compensation

Have you or a family member living 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 file a claim on their behalf.

Identification Documents

Proof of initial exposure prior to age 21.

 
  • Hospital Birth Records
  • Certificate of Indian Blood
  • Birth and Marriage Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Personal Letters or Envelopes
 
  • Voting Records
  • School Records
  • Tax Records
  • Employment Record

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
  • Rectal 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 United States Congress has approved the RESEP. It is available to those individuals subjected 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

Download RECA Claim Forms

(From the website of the United States Department of Justice, Radiation Exposure Compensation Act)

Use the links below to download a RECA claim form. Forms submitted for approval must have an original signature:

Return of Documents
The RECA Program reviews and returns certified or original life records and other precious documents submitted along with RECA claims. Although the program makes an effort to return documents in a timely manner, there is a significant backlog. If you would like to expedite the return of your records, please contact Vera Burnett- Powell at 202-616-4336 or Vera.Burnett-Powell@usdoj.gov with your name, claim number and a current address.

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

Screening services may include:

  • Physical exam
  • Urine Dip Test
  • Blood Work
  • Stool Test
  • Diagnostic Imaging

To schedule an appointment call: 928-283-1802

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.