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Lawsuit seeks to force immediate safety changes at Hanford Tank Farms (KNDU-TV DOE)
Lawsuit seeks to force immediate safety changes at Hanford Tank Farms (KNDU-TV DOE)
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Lawsuit Filed to Force New Safety Procedures at Hanford

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and officials from UA Local 598 along with the group Hanford Challenge have filed with a federal court to force immediate changes to safety procedures at Hanford.

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Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
Showdown over safety leads to Hanford work stoppage (Department of Energy)
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Hanford Showdown over Vapor Safety Leads to Work Stoppage

Citing what they say is the "absolute failure" of Washington River Protection Services (WRPS) to adequately address vapor health issues at the Hanford Tank Farms, a major union has brought work to a standstill.

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Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
Hanford union says they're being blackballed over safety concerns at Tank Farm (Oregon.gov)
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Is Union Being Blackballed For Insisting on Safety at Hanford Tank Farm?

A Hanford pipefitters union believes they are being blackballed, or passed over when it comes to contracts, because they are insisting their workers wear protective gear at all times when working near the Hanford tank farms. This image shows the double-shell storage tanks under construction at Hanford in the 1960's.

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New study will examine tank vapors that have sickened workers (Washington State Department of Ecology)
New study will examine tank vapors that have sickened workers (Washington State Department of Ecology)
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Feds Agree To Another Vapor Evaluation at Hanford Tank Farms

In the wake of some 53 Hanford tank farm workers experiencing a variety of health ailments apparently stemming from vapor exposure at the tank farms this year, a Federal safety agency has offered to do another evaluation of what's causing the issue.

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Inside one of Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks
Inside one of Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks (KNDU-TV)
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WA State Attorney General Sues D.O.E. Over Workers Exposure to Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he plans to sue the Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Services over what has been called an ongoing issue with harmful tank vapors at Hanford, which have affected workers.

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What's behind those mysterious vapors at tank farms?
What's behind those mysterious vapors at tank farms? (Getty Images)
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What’s Behind ‘Mysterious’ Sickening Vapors at Hanford Tank Farms?

Could officials have known about these airborne hazards quite some time ago?  A new report says it's possible.

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Worklers smell odors again at Hanford tank areas.
(Photo by Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)
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Another Hanford Worker Treated After Smelling ‘Odors’ at Hanford Tank Farm

A Hanford worker is back at work after being treated with precautionary measures after smelling odors at the AP Tank Farm at Hanford.

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Source of Hanford vapors found
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Possible Sources of Hanford Vapors Discovered — 18 Workers Sickened Over Two Weeks

Washington River Protection Services has isolated the source of vapors that produced a variety of symptoms in numerous Hanford workers recently.

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