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.

END-OF-YEAR Gifts Urgently Needed!

You may have heard about the vapor case settlement and the amazing outcome which increased protections for workers. But, you may not know that Hanford Challenge did not receive any financial gain from this settlement.

The Board of Directors has stepped up with a challenge gift of $20,000. This means that every gift you give today will be doubled, up to $20,000.

Your donation will:

  • protect the environment,

  • shift the power imbalance in favor of Hanford workers,

  • increase accountability & transparency,

  • protect human health and safety.

Please help us reach our goal of $120,000 by midnight on Dec 31st, with your gift today!