Russ Beck, an author and a Senior Lecturer in the USU English Department, recently spent some time in southeastern Utah researching the history of uranium mining and milling and talking with local residents about the after-effects of the uranium boom in the Moab/Monticello/Blanding area.
Today we’ll hear the radio feature he produced for UPR. We’ll also talk with Russ Beck; Kira Withrow, who works for the Moab Museum; and Kirk Benge, who until recently was director of San Juan County Public Health and is now director of TriCounty Health Department (Duchesne, Daggett, and Uintah counties).
If you know someone who has been adversely affected by uranium mill down winding contact the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to see if you qualify for medical funding. Especially if they lived near or on the Colorado Plateau between the 40s and 90s and experienced lung cancer, pneumoconiosis, tuberculosis, or emphysema. You can call 800.728.RECP or look to CDC’s website for more information. Other resources:
National Cancer Benefits Center 800-414-4328
Office of Navajo Uranium Workers 505-368-1260