From the 1940s to the 1960s, the U.S. Government conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the Southwestern United States and on islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The U.S. Government has created the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in order to provide compensation to individuals who have contracted certain types of cancer or leukemia as a result of their exposure to radiation during atmospheric nuclear weapons tests or during employment in the uranium mining industry, as well as to the surviving family members of individuals who have passed away under these circumstances. Individuals who lived downwind of the test sites and have since contracted a radiation-related illness may receive a $50,000 settlement. Furthermore, the surviving family members of deceased individuals who lived downwind of the test sites and suffered from a radiation-related illness may also receive a $50,000 settlement.


  • An individual must have lived for at least 24 months between January 1951 and October 1958, or for the entire period between June 30, 1962, and July 31, 1962, in one or more of the following areas:
    • Nevada: Lander, Eureka, White Pine, Nye, portions of Clark County
    • Utah: Millard, Beaver, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Iron, Lincoln, Garfield, Washington, Kane, San Juan
    • Arizona: Coconino, Apache, Gila, Yavapai, Navajo, and the Arizona Strip (northern portion of Mohave County)
  • An individual must have contracted one of the following cancers or leukemia:
    • Primary cancer of the: Pharynx, Thyroid, Female Breast, Male Breast, Small intestine, Pancreas, Ovary, Salivary Gland, Lung, Esophagus, Stomach, Brain, Urinary Bladder, Bile ducts, Liver, Colon, Gall Bladder
    • Leukemia, other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia
    • Multiple Myeloma
    • Lymphomas, other than Hodgkin’s disease
  • Accepted documents to establish presence (can include documents from relatives who were living in the same household)
    • Tribal enrollment cards
    • School records for: 24 months from 1951 to 1958 OR 1961 to 1962, and 1962 to 1963
    • Employment Records
    • Birth and Marriage Records
    • Personal Letters or Envelopes
    • Tax Records (Property Tax rolls)
    • Newspaper Articles
    • Social Security Records
    • Voting records
    • Personal Diaries
    • Church/Religious Records
    • Medical Records

If you believe that you or a deceased relative may be eligible for compensation, call the Law Offices of Laura J. Taylor at 1-928-776-2457 for a free consultation.

First Name: Last Name:
City: State: ZIP:
Daytime Phone: Evening Phone:
Email Address:
County of Residence at Time of Exposure:
Dates of Exposure:
Pick one of the covered illnesses corresponding to the type of claim:
Renal Cancer / Renal Diseases
      (uranium claims only)
Primary cancer of the:
Esophagus Bile ducts
Female Breast
Male Breast
Pancreas Stomach
Gall Bladder Pharynx
Brain Colon
Salivary Gland Liver
Access code:
Please type in "downwind" with all lowercase letters and no quotes in the box above.