PRESS RElease: AG, Hanford Challenge and ua local 598 ask court to order immediate worker protections at hanford
July 21, 2016: OLYMPIA — In the aftermath of more than 50 workers exposed to toxic vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Hanford Challenge and a Hanford union today asked a federal court to immediately order the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), to implement enhanced safety and vapor monitoring measures.
The Attorney General filed a motion for preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The state filed its lawsuit against the federal government over Hanford worker safety in September 2015. Hanford Challenge, an advocacy group promoting worker health and safety, and UA Local 598, filed a similar motion in its own worker safety lawsuit.
Additional documents related to today’s filing will be uploaded here as they are filed with the court today.
View the entire press release here.
From Hiroshima to Hope is hosting its 32nd annual lantern floating ceremony honoring "victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war."
This event is made possible by local peace, faith and community organizations, and offers the hope that we can resolve international conflicts without violence, and learn the habit and technique of living in peace with all our neighbors on this earth. Hanford Challenge will be in attendance.
Where: 7312 West Green Lake Drive North
When: August 6th, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Today, we are facing a crisis of human health and safety. Each day at the Hanford Nuclear Site, workers are exposed to toxic chemical vapors which lead to brain damage, lung disease, cancer, and even in some cases, death. In April and May of this year alone, 48 workers have sought medical evaluation and hospitalization after exposure to toxic chemical vapors- and many more who still remain unreported.
We have started a campaign to raise funds to support our advocacy work for exposed workers. We are a small, yet mighty, non-profit organization fighting on behalf of victims against a fierce and well-funded resistance. Please join us in this fight by making a gift today.