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Settlement reached to protect Hanford workers from harmful vapors

Settlement reached to protect Hanford workers from harmful vapors

HANFORD, Wash. - Negotiators have reached a settlement that would address concerns of harmful vapors impacting workers at the Hanford Site.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Washington River Protection Solutions, LCC (WRPS) announced an agreement was signed Wednesday to settle the lawsuits, which involve continuing efforts to protect Hanford workers.

The state of Washington filed the lawsuits along with Hanford Challenge and Local Union 598 based on concerns of potential health risks posed by vapors vented from mixed waste stored in underground tanks at Hanford.

The agreement would not only provide more protections for workers, but more monitoring, more transparency and a commitment to capture and treat toxic chemical vapors, according to a news release from Hanford Challenge.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says this settlement is a major victory for the brave men and women working to clean up the nuclear site.

It would only become effective if the court grants a joint motion to extend certain tank waste clean-up milestones in a separate case and grants a joint motion to stay the vapors litigation, according to the DOE.

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