Washington River Protection Solutions, the Hanford tank farm contractor, has joined the Department of Energy in asking a federal judge to dismiss the state of Washington’s lawsuit against DOE and its contractor seeking better protection for Hanford tank farm workers from exposure to chemical vapors.
DOE asked on Aug. 23 that the case be dismissed, arguing that the state has no legal standing in the case.
Its tank farm contractor has joined in two of the arguments DOE makes.
The state may not bring a lawsuit to vindicate the interest of a narrow subset of citizens, in this case Hanford workers, DOE and its contractor agree. Workers could instead file their own lawsuit.
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They also agree that the state has not demonstrated a specific harm, such as damage to its land or water from chemical vapors.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said the state will strenuously oppose the motion to dismiss its lawsuit and expects to prevail.