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.

Save-the-date | March 22nd

Hanford Challenge Auction and Gala Georgetown Ballroom, Seattle | 6pm

Join us on Friday, March 22nd for Hanford Challenge’s Spotlight Auction and Gala. This year we will be at Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle.

The event features delicious food, beverages, a live and silent auction, and inspiring programming.

Interested in donating something for our live or silent auction? Contact Molly Lewis at mollyl@hanfordchallenge.org.