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WASHINGTON – A grass-roots effort years in the making cleared an important hurdle Wednesday when advocates for New Mexicans sickened by uranium mining and nuclear weapons testing during the Cold War finally received a formal hearing in Congress.
Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez and Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, were among those who told the Senate Judiciary Committee stories of hardship, illness and death suffered by New Mexicans and other residents of the western U.S. from radiation during the Cold War and beyond. Similar hearings had been postponed at least twice.
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