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$45-Million Deal in H-Bomb Test OKd

September 21, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The people of Rongelap Atoll, dusted with radioactive fallout from a 1954 hydrogen bomb test, can go home again under a $45-million resettlement agreement with the United States. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced the pact in Washington with Rongelap and Marshall Islands officials. The deal provides for radiation mitigation, safe water, electrical power, construction of homes and docks, a school and government facilities, Babbitt said. Rongelap is about 2,400 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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