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June 6, 2011 in City
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Charlotte Corral breaks down in tears while speaking about her husband, Chico, in their home on the Spokane Reservation. Sandra Belvail, a volunteer advocate who is helping Chico make a radiation compensation claim, offers comfort.

Buoyed by encouragement from a nurse, Chico Corral breathes deeply into a machine to test his lungs at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. The former Midnite Mine employee, who has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, believes his disease was caused by the dust he breathed in his two decades working in the uranium industry.