The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program clinic, based out of the Dixie Regional Medical Center, has scheduled public informational meetings in Sevier County and the surrounding area this week.
The first two will be hosted Friday, June 19, in Salina and Monroe. The Monroe meeting is set for the Monroe Community Center, 220 South 300 West, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Salina’s meeting is slated to be in the North Sevier Recreation Center, 373 West 400 North, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Other meetings in the region include —
• Escalante — Thursday, June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., Escalante Multi-Purpose Civic Center, 85 North 100 West.
• Loa — Friday, June 19, from 3 to 4 p.m., Loa Community Center, 98 West Center Street.
• Circleville — Saturday, June 20, Circleville Town Building, 210 South Center Street, noon to 1 p.m.
• Panguitch — Saturday, June 20, 2 to 3 p.m., Panguitch Fire Station classroom, 40 North 100 East.
• Tropic — Saturday, June 20, 4 to 5 p.m., Tropic Town Hall, 20 North Main.
The term Downwinder is used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in southern Utah during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. Local residents are encouraged to come have their questions answered about the program and its requirements. Information will be given about the RECA compensation ($50,000 for qualifying downwinders) and its scheduled expiration. Applications and information will be available to get anyone who qualifies started on the compensation process.
Qualifying cancers include —
• Multiple Myeloma
• Lymphomas, other than Hodgkin’s
• Primary cancers of the pharynx, small intestine, salivary gland, brain, stomach, urinary bladder, colon, thyroid, pancreas, female or male breast, esophagus, bile ducts, liver, gallbladder, lung and ovary.
All local residents are welcome to attend. However, social distancing is being observed as people are asked to wear a face covering at the meetings.