The Washington state attorney general is evaluating legal options after filing a notice of intent to sue the Department of Energy and its contractor over chemical vapor releases from Hanford tank wastes.
The state was required to give DOE 90 days notice, which ended Sunday. It has received no formal response to the notice.
“My office, along with our state agency clients, are reviewing the recent plan to address vapors,” Bob Ferguson, the attorney general, said in a statement.
A team of independent experts assembled by Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina made 47 recommendations to better protect workers. Washington River Protection Solutions, which commissioned the study, released a plan last month to implement the recommendations.
Over the last year, 56 Hanford workers have received medical evaluations because of possible exposure to chemical vapors.
Despite 20 years of study and several reports, DOE has failed to find a solution and workers continue to get sick, Ferguson said when he announced the notice of a possible lawsuit to increase worker protection.