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Tularosa Downwinders testify before Congress about impact of nuclear test

Casey Torres
June 27, 2018 05:27 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexicans, who say they’ve been struggling with the fallout from the 1945 nuclear bomb test, finally got their chance to fight for compensations in Washington, D.C.

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New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and other lawmakers heard from the Tularosa Downwinders during a Senate Judiciary hearing Wednesday.

The Downwinders say they are dealing with the lingering effects of nuclear radiation.

"This radioactive fallout settled on everything. On the soil, in the water, in the air, on the plants and on the skin of every living thing, both human and animal,” said Tularosa Downwinders Co-founder Tina Cordova “It was a public health and an environmental disaster of grand proportions."

Cordova says she doesn't know when they'll hear back from Congress, but she feels like the Downwinders are closer to receiving the compensation they deserve.

“I thought it went well. I don't know what the audience saw, what people were able to see, but I was able to see their faces as people gave testimony, myself included, and it was obvious that they were touched by the stories they heard," Cordova said.

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