Momentum is growing for a campaign to compensate Atomic Energy of Canada workers involved in clean-up efforts following two nuclear accidents in the 1950s at AECL’s Chalk River facility. Victim advocate Martin Habraken says workers were dosed with radiation in 1958 when they had to vacuum radioactive dust at the plant, but there was also an earlier incident.
The group is seeking compensation matching what was paid to members of the military who were conscripted to the clean-up. Those in the service received 24 000 dollars each, but nothing was ever paid to the AECL workers. Habraken says efforts to advance their case were successful in the Senate, where Celine Payette’s motion to pay the workers compensation passed in the upper chamber. Habraken says he even provided the information to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who passed along the documents to federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Carr’s Offices on Parliament Hill and his constituency office in Winnipeg were contacted, but did not reply to our invitation to discuss the matter.
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