- DOE Office of Inspector General Rewards Contractors for Non-Cooperation on Donna Busche’s Whistleblower Termination, Abdicates their Charter, Hanford Challenge, October 20, 2014.
- Court asked to set Hanford consent decree deadlines, Tri-City Herald, October 3, 2014.
- Press Release: U.S. Labor Department Orders Reinstatement, Back Pay, Punitive and Emotional Distress Damages in Hanford Whistleblower Case, Hanford Challenge, August 20, 2014.
- Press Release: OSHA orders Hanford nuclear facility contractor to reinstate
worker fired for raising environmental safety concerns, OSHA, August 20, 2014.
Chemical Vapor Exposure Resources
At least 56 workers have received medical evaluations after suffering exposures to chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear site since March 19, 2014.
- Chemical Vapor Exposure Resource Page: FAQ, reports, news stories
- Chemical Vapor Exposure Resources for Workers
- Press Release: Hanford Challenge Petitions Washington Attorney General to Regulate Hanford Worker Chemical Vapor Protections
- Petition asking Washington Attorney General to Require Worker Protections for Chemical Vapor Exposures
- External oversight to ensure that DOE and the contractor protect the workforce from future vapor exposures and support workers who have suffered injury from past exposures.
- 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.