|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:07:36 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, RADIATION: Hanford workers|
Union, Environmental Group Say Dozens of Nuclear Workers Suffering
from Toxic Materials Exposure
By Elizabeth Grossman In These Times February 20, 2015Since March 2014, nearly 60 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have sought medical attention for on- the-job exposure to chemical vapors released by highly toxic waste stored at the site, some as recently as August. At a public meeting held Wednesday in Pasco, Washington, Hanford workers described symptoms that include chronic headaches, respiratory problems, nerve damage and bloody urine.
The meeting, hosted by the United Association (U.A.) of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 598 and Hanford Challenge, a Seattle-based environmental watchdog group, was convened following the February 10 release by Department of Energy contractor Washington River Protection Services (WRPS) of a "corrective action implementation plan." This plan was developed in response to recommendations in a report from the Savannah River National Laboratory released in October 2014.
Commissioned in response to worker exposures at Hanford’s tank farms, the Savannah River report found ongoing emissions of toxic chemical vapors from waste tanks, inadequate worker health and safety procedures and evidence that "strongly suggests a causal link between chemical vapor releases and subsequent health effects."
... For the entire article, see http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17668/nuclear_workers_dangers -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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