Hanford workers are exposed to harmful vapors as a part of their job. With proper protective equipment, the risk of serious medical problems is lessened.
Seattle Times investigation uncovered serious flaws in the protective equipment provided to some Hanford workers. Defective respirators were supplied to workers in the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant from 2012-2016. Death and serious illness have occurred, likely the result of these faulty respirators.
Senator Patty Murray and Representative Adam Smith have introduced legislation to correct this serious wrong. And provide expanded benefits to whose injured by this problem. Thank you, Senator Murray and Representative Smith. Read more about the investigation here Seattle Times.