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Former steelworkers calling for compensation

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LACKAWANNA, N.Y. — Members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees were joined by Congressman Brian Higgins to call for compensation to former workers exposed to radiation.

Congressman Higgins says workers at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna between 1952 and 1976 may have been exposed to uranium.

Those who worked at the plant in previous years, between 1949 and 1952, were given $206 million in 2010 for health compensation from the federal government for radiation exposure.

Higgins and other retirees say that there's no documented evidence that any cleanup happened to fix those exposure problems until 1976. They're pushing for similar compensation to those affected employees.

"It is a lot of money, but keep in mind that these people, unbeknownst to them, were exposed to something that the federal government was responsible for, so it's really not a question of much it costs in the end, it's a question of economic justice," said Higgins, (D).

Higgins cited premature death, loss of income, and pain and suffering among items that workers are due compensation for.

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