About Nevada RESEP

Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP)

From 1945 to 1962 the United States conducted nearly 200 aboveground nuclear tests, releasing radioactive substances into the air. During this time many uranium miners, Test Site workers, and families living or working downwind of the Nevada Test Site (known as downwinders) were exposed to harmful radioactive materials.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine - Las Vegas, is the first institution in the state to offer medical outreach and education to Nevada residents affected by aboveground nuclear testing.

Nevada RESEP was established to:

  1. Reach out to those who worked at the Nevada Test Site or were physically present downwind of the site and were exposed to radiation from aboveground nuclear testing.
  2. Provide no-cost medical screenings for early detection of cancer and other illnesses associated with radiation exposure.
  3. Provide medical referrals to assist with access to treatment.
  4. Educate the public on cancer and other illnesses related to radiation exposure.
  5. Assist eligible people with filing claims under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).

Studies show that people exposed to radiation may be at higher risk of developing cancer. Regular medical screenings are an effective way to manage this increased risk. To be eligible for a RESEP screening, you must have direct ties to aboveground nuclear testing, whether you worked at a nuclear test site or were physically present in a downwind community. Those who worked in the uranium mining industry may also be eligible.

Under RECA, downwinders, former test site workers, and former uranium industry workers may be eligible for up to $100,000 in compensation. However, the process can sometimes be confusing. For that reason, Nevada RESEP provides free assistance at every step of the process, from providing claim forms to requesting medical documents. Hiring an attorney is not needed to file a RECA claim.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant H1GRH27374, Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program, in the amount of $608,972, Grant Period Sept. 2014-Aug. 2017. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.