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New Mexico group to keep pressing Congress on Trinity test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world’s first atomic bomb test plan to return to Washington, D.C., to press Congress about compensation.

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders are holding a second annual benefit on Sunday in Albuquerque to raise money so members can speak before a Congressional committee about the effects of the Trinity Test on generations of Tularosa residents.

Organizers say a recent nearby fire has not canceled the event.

Members of the consortium say many who lived in the area weren’t told about the dangers and were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer.

Scientists working in the then-secret city of Los Alamos developed the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.

Tina Cordova says members hope to speak before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee later this year.