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Medical News & Perspectives
August 5, 1998

"Downwinders" Angry About Medical Screening Lack

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JAMA. 1998;280(5):408-409. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.408-JMN0805-4-1

CITING INVOLVEMENT in a current lawsuit, the US Department of Energy (DOE) declined to participate in a July 2 meeting in Spokane, Wash. The meeting was organized by the Northwest Environmental Education Foundation to find out why the DOE has not yet provided the money it promised to launch the Hanford Medical Monitoring Program. The purpose of this program, which is mandated by the nation's Superfund law, is to screen for thyroid disease in thousands of men and women who grew up downwind from the nuclear weapons facility in Hanford, Wash.

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