NH #660: RECA LIVES! Dawn Chapman on DC Meetings, Hawley Support for Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

Hand-out prepared by Navajo Nation and given to members of Congress during meetings on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).

KEYSTONE PHOTO: The team that educated Congress for passage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. (l-r) Christen Commuso, Reyaun Francisco, Karen Nickel, Dawn Chapman, Rep. Tricia Byrnes, Rep Chantelle Nickson-Clark

This Week’s Featured Interview:

Dawn Chapman (center) and Sen. Josh Hawley (l, maroon tie) at the DC press conference on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

  • Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel founded Just Moms STL in 2014 to raise awareness of the issues their community was facing from Manhattan Project legacy nuclear waste and other hazardous materials buried at the West Lake Landfill in North St. Louis County, Missouri. When we spoke for this interview, Dawn had just returned home after a whirlwind third trip to the capitol in six months, to educate Congressional members on the need for RECA. She had been joined in this education/lobbying trip by other victims of radiation exposure from the Manhattan Project in Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, as well as reps from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Because this opportunity presented itself when Dawn’s energy was still riding high from the experience, we decided to jump in and do the interview “on the wing.” Some wonderfully spontaneous moments occurred, along with the solid, front-line information she provided.

    I talked with Dawn Chapman on Monday, February 12, 2024.

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