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  Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP)


The University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine received a three-year grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to administer the Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP).

The Nevada RESEP Project was established to:
1. Identify and locate former Nevada Test Site workers and people living downwind of the site who were exposed to radiation from aboveground nuclear testing.
2. Provide medical screening to facilitate early detection and treatment of cancer and other health hazards associated with radiation.
3. Provide medical referral services to facilitate access to treatment.
4. Educate the public on radiation induced illnesses - including cancer.
5. Assist eligible citizens to access the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

This is the first program in the state providing outreach to Nevada citizens affected by the nuclear testing of the 1950s and 1960s. Our goal is to reach every person in the state of Nevada that was directly connected with above-ground nuclear testing and offer them screening and educate them on options that are available.

Under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (passed by Congress in 1990), people directly affected by federal nuclear weapons testing may be eligible for up to $75,000 in compensation. However, navigating the bureaucracy to access those funds can be quite confusing. For that reason, the Nevada RESEP Project Team will provide assistance.

To be eligible for the screening, Nevada citizens must have direct ties to above-ground nuclear testing whether it be as an employee at the test site or a resident in a downwind county. Those eligible can call (702) 992-6887 or email nevadaresep@unr.edu.

Eligibility Requirements

Onsite participants : Individuals present onsite at Nevada Test Site (NTS) during atmospheric nuclear testing (prior to 1963)

Downwinders : Individuals who were physically present in one of the affected areas downwind of the Nevada Test Site. Had to be present in a qualifying area for a minimum of two years between January 21, 1951 and October 31, 1958 or present continually from June 30, 1962 and July 31, 1962

Nevada qualifying counties include: Eureka Lander Lincoln Nye White Pine Northeast Clark County (Mesquite, Bunkerville, Warm Springs, Moapa, Riverside, Logandale, Overton)

Contact Information

Nevada RESEP Project
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
2410 Fire Mesa Street, Suite 180
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Phone: (702) 992-6887
Email: nevadaresep@unr.edu