OGD: Justice


Radiation Exposure Compensation Program tallies per state from the Justice Department are pretty straightforward, but still intriguing. Manhattan Project fallout–so to speak–sixty years after the fact for these Los Alamos neighbors?

Biggest radiation compensation payouts by state
state # of claims
# pending
# denied
# awarded
$ awarded
Arizona 8,884 129 1,633 7,122 $388,108,597.00
New Mexico 5,070 119 1,769 3,182 $296,864,087.00
Utah 6,704 63 1,872 4,769 $273,244,745.00
Colorado 2,654 29 732 1,893 $179,094,958.00
Nevada 2,154 25 631 1,498 $85,791,162.00

More to the point…
Japan (Okinawa) 1 0 0 1 $50,000.00

UK residents received $225,000, while Australians and New Zealanders got $75,000 each.

From Justice’s synopsis of the program: “From 1945 through 1962, the United States conducted nearly 200 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests while building the arsenal that became the cornerstone of the nations Cold War security strategy… The Act established lump sum compensation awards for individuals who contracted specified diseases in three defined populations:  uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters, who receive $100,000; individuals present at atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, who receive $75,000 (‘onsite participants’); and individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site, who receive $50,000 (‘downwinders’).”

Other DOJ datasets include detailed–but very hard to make sense of–information on domestic violence incidents,  and an audit of trustees responsible for liquidating assets after bankruptcy. The PDF variable list is completely counterintuitive, and for now, I’m not even going to bother to jump this unncessary technological hurdle.