Hanford

Officials discuss Hanford tank vapors at meeting

Almost 200 people packed a town-hall style meeting in Pasco Wednesday night to share information about chemical vapors associated with waste held in Hanford’s underground tanks.
Almost 200 people packed a town-hall style meeting in Pasco Wednesday night to share information about chemical vapors associated with waste held in Hanford’s underground tanks. Tri-City Herald

Almost 200 people packed a town-hall style meeting in Pasco Wednesday night to share information about chemical vapors associated with waste held in Hanford’s underground tanks.

Among those attending were James Hart, president of the AFL-CIO’s metal trades department, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Hanford Challenge and union Local 598.

Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against DOE and its tank farm contractor.

“The only acceptable outcome is a safe work environment at Hanford,” Ferguson said.

In recent months, about 53 workers have received medical checks for possible exposure to chemical vapors. All have been released by Hanford’s occupational medicine provider to return to work. Workers are concerned that exposure to chemicals could cause serious illnesses.

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