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Radiation Exposure Compensation Act amendments on agenda
FARMINGTON — Officials from the Navajo Nation will provide information this week about continuing efforts to support proposed amendments to the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
The act was passed by Congress in 1990 and amended in 2000, but further amendments were introduced last year in the Senate and House to expand eligibility for compensation to individuals who worked in uranium mines and mills between 1972 and 1990.
Other amendments propose opening compensation to individuals affected by nuclear testing in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, a group commonly known as downwinders.
The amendments remain in committee in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a press release from the tribe's Office of the President and Vice President.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in the release that efforts continue to inform members of the federal government about the effects of uranium mining on tribal members and such contamination remains.
"This is why we are asking the federal government to take further action and we are encouraging our people to continue to make their voices heard. What we need now is for Congress to hold a markup on pending RECA legislation to expand compensation for the uranium miners, millers and drillers who should have been included in the first place," Begaye said.
Written comments and testimony will be accepted during the public meeting and caseworkers will be available to provide assistance, the release states. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock.
Special meeting includes school safety
The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will hear two reports about school safety during a special meeting on Tuesday.
The first report will provide information about a memorandum of understanding between CCSD, Aztec Municipal School District, Bloomfield School District, Farmington Municipal School District and San Juan County Communications Authority.
The second report is about a memorandum of agreement between the school district and the Navajo Division of Public Safety for a school resource officer program.
Both memorandums are listed as action items for the board on the agenda.
Board members also will convene in executive session to discuss a collective bargaining agreement between CCSD and the Central Consolidated Education Association.
The special meeting is set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.
Water commission to discuss spill mitigation for Animas River
The San Juan Water Commission will discuss a study that began after the Gold King Mine spill impaired water quality in the Animas River in 2015. The study looks at mitigation and alternatives. It will also hear an update on water resources. The water commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at water commission office, 7450 E. Main St.