Hanford Nuclear Site Workers Sickened by Unknown Vapors Rises to 17


Susannah Frame
King 5 News
March 28, 2014

The KING 5 Investigators have found that six Hanford workers were sickened Wednesday from ingesting chemical vapors at the nuclear facility.

Three were helping to conduct a video inspection of an underground nuclear storage tank. Two of the three were transported to Kadlec Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of symptoms. Another received treatment at Hanford’s onsite medical facility. Late Wednesday night KING learned both employees have been released from the hospital and are cleared to return to work.

A spokesman for their employer, the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), said three additional workers who do not work for WRPS reported “possible vapor-related symptoms” Wednesday after working in an area Tuesday that had a chemical release.

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