Justice Department threatens to sue Washington state over new Hanford worker comp bill; Inslee, Ferguson, and others ready to defend law

Spokespersons for Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that the state officials have been willing to discuss the state law with Justice Department official. But they are not willing to suspend enforcement.

If there is a federal challenge to the state law, Ferguson, in a statement to The Seattle Times, said he would “look forward to defending it. Hanford workers deserve to be compensated for the health issues caused by their dangerous work.”

Hanford Challenge and the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local Union 598, both backed passage of the law in a letter sent this week to Inslee.

Spotlight on Hanford: Stop the Shortcuts

Hanford cleanup and the future health of our beloved Pacific Northwest is under siege. The Department of Energy has taken actions to shortcut the nuclear cleanup and worker protections. 

In 2018, DOE unveiled plans to change the rules for how high-level nuclear waste is defined across the country, making it easier to leave more waste at sites like Hanford.

      The future health and safety of our region is not optional, it is essential.  We cannot allow DOE to leave waste at Hanford that they are required to remove, treat, and store in a place where it will not migrate through our soil, air, and water.

You play such an important role in safeguarding the future and your help is urgently needed.

Will you to be the champion Hanford needs? Making a donation today will protect the future and ensure that Hanford waste is fully cleaned up.