4/30/82 Fis7 3 The following are comments on the, # points contained in the draft statement presented at the 29 April plenary session by Roger Ray per TWX from PASO received Washington 30 April 1982. 1. sone The United States conducts programs of radiological monitoring and medical followup and treatment in the Marshall Islands. The purpose of the medical program is to “provide ... medical care and treatment for any person, fresiding on Rongelap or Utirik Atolls on March 1, 19543who has a continuing need for the care and treatment of any radiation injury or iliness directly related to the thermonuclear detonation (of March 1, 1954)." The U.S. also has agreed to provide for "medical monitoring" of those Bikinians removed from Bikini Island in August 1978 (agreement signed August 16, 1978, among DOE, TTPI, and Bikini people). The radiological moni- toring program is to develop information in order to assess the radiological status of the atolls. 2. t) The justification for the above mentioned programs isa humanitarian effort to provide medical treatment for those persons on Rongelap and Utirik having direct radvatiog anyary and illness by the U.S. nuclear weapons testing program, so that the United States can inform the High Commi ssioner?akteeTrust Territory of the Pacific Islands sethontties with regard to medical followup (agreement signed February 7, 1977, by Oscar DeBrum and Deputy Director, Division of Biology and Medicine, Dr. William W. Burr, Jr.) and the radiological status of the atolls. The medical followup program, existant since the 1950's, was codified into law in P.L. 95-134 with respect to the March 1, 1954, residents of Rongelap and Utirik Atolls, as quoted above.