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Rep. Jim Matheson — whose father, former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson, died of cancer blamed on atomic bomb tests conducted upwind in Nevada — is renewing a push to outlaw resuming such tests, unless Congress gives specific permission for them first.
And that’s just a tiny part of a bill he reintroduced recently designed to protect Americans if nuclear weapons testing in Nevada ever resumes.
The bill would also order environmental impact studies before every test; public notice of the time and place of each test; public notice of any time radiation escapes beyond the Nevada Test Site; programs to track any escaped radiation; creating a citizens review board for the Test Site; and public meetings to discuss results and effects of any tests.
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