Press Release: U.S. Labor Department Orders Reinstatement, Back Pay, Punitive and Emotional Distress Damages in Hanford Whistleblower Case Hanford Challenge, August 20, 2014.
For a list of Chemical Vapor Exposure Resources for Workers click here. For coverage on the “Vapor Exposures: Worker’s Perspectives” Public Meeting held on July 16th in Richland, WA please visit The Tri-City Herald or visit our Newsroom.
Press Release: Hanford Challenge Petitions Washington Attorney General to Regulate Hanford Worker Chemical Vapor Protections
In response to the mounting number of workers suffering chemical vapor exposures at
the Hanford nuclear site, an advocacy group is calling upon the Washington State Attorney General
to exercise its legal authority to order immediate protections for Hanford workers.
At least 38 workers have received medical evaluations after suffering exposures to chemical vapors
at the Hanford nuclear site since March 19, 2014.
Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of Hanford Challenge, asks, “How many Hanford workers
need to be exposed to chemical vapors in such a short timeframe before someone acts? It is
unconscionable that cleanup workers are put in harm’s way when such exposures are easily
preventable. It appears that DOE does not value the safety and health of its own workers. We are
calling for the State of Washington to take action where DOE has failed.”
To read the complete press release, please click here. To sign our petition, please click here. To learn more about vapor exposures, please visit our Health and Human Safety Section. To watch the King 5 News series “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets,” please click here.
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Governor, Attorney General reject federal Department of Energy’s proposed changes to Hanford cleanup plan
The State of Washington responded to DOE’s incomplete and inadequate proposed Amendment to the Consent Decree, on April 18, 2014, saying DOE’s proposal “lacks specificity, accountability and enforceability.” We agree. Next step is to implement the State’s proposed plan. See press release here, and WA State’s full response here.
The Department of Energy has asked for a halt to this order requiring the pumping of AY-102 by September. They have expressed concerns that it would be unsafe. Check back for further updates – or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all of the latest news!
Washington State Demands New Tanks, Firmer Deadlines
On March 31, the Governor and WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson held a press conference to announce a series of new measures designed to improve the accountability of the cleanup at Hanford. The consent decree calls for timely treatment of waste, the construction of new double shell tanks, and additional measures for accountability and mitigating environmental risks.
We applaud the Governor and the WA State Department of Ecology for taking decisive action. In the meantime we will continue advocating for workers and a safe and effective Hanford cleanup. To read the complete decree, please click here. For continuing coverage and updates, please visit our Newsroom.
Spring has sprung and lots of things are happening at Hanford! Read all about it in the latest edition of The Hanford Challenger!
- Empty actively leaking underground storage tanks.
- Build new environmentally compliant tanks.
- Create plans to remove, treat, and dispose of waste that has leaked into the soil and groundwater beneath the tanks.
- Begin an external, independent, licensing review that determines how to salvage the Waste Treatment Plant.
- Give authority to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to certify whether and when the WTP can operate from a nuclear safety standpoint.
- Make harassment and reprisal against whistleblowers a civil and criminal offense.
- Create a cleanup agency whose only mission is remediation of retired government nuclear and toxic facilities.