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Former Bethlehem Workers March in Protest of Exposure to Radiation

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A group of former Bethlehem Steel workers and their families marched along Route 5 in Lackawanna Tuesday morning.

The Bethlehem Steel Action Group is fighting for compensation from the U-S Government for exposure to radiation. The organization says the government knowingly exposed the steel workers at the Lackawanna facility to uranium bars that they rolled for the US Atomic weapons program.

Former worker Ed Walker, who suffers from bladder cancer, says many others have died.

"There's only two of us left, and both of us have cancer," Walker said. "The other ones, as far as we know, all died of cancer. In our gang of 15, all were affected."

Walker says many families have been waiting for three years to get answers from the federal government as they seek compensation.

State Assemblyman Brian Higgins and West Seneca Town Supervisor Paul Clark joined in Tuesday's protest. Both are running in next month's Democratic primary in the 27th congressional district.