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Sons of nuclear worker file suit against federal government over cancer death

Two Niagara County men, whose father died of prostate cancer decades after working around radioactive materials in a Niagara Falls factory, filed suit Thursday to reverse the federal government's denial of a $150,000 compensation claim.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington by Buffalo attorney R. Hugh Stephens on behalf of Shannon and Kevin Young, the sons of Arnold Young, who died in 1985.

Federal law requires a payout if there is more than a 50 percent chance that radiation caused the prostate cancer death of a worker at a plant where radioactive materials were handled under a government contract.

The government calculated Young's chance at 49.18 percent, but the analysis did not include exposure during the World War II years because of a lack of data.

Sons fighting for father's death benefit want 'justice for everybody'

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