Man exposed to mustard agent at Umatilla chemical depot
KENNEWICK; Wash-- Early test results are in and leaders from the Umatilla Chemical Depot do in fact believe a worker was exposed to mustard agent.
The depot is still waiting to hear back from independent lab results but early indications from the CDC are positive.
About two weeks ago, a worker developed a blister on his skin, which is one of the symptoms.
But depot workers are confident this won't lead to any severe health issues.
"We do know that mustard agent is a known carcinogen. But then again, so is prolonged exposure to sunlight and tanning beds. At that point you get into dosage and continued exposure. The gentleman is not in any way exposed to this. It's going to be an acute event to which we expect full recovery and continuation on," explains Greg Mahall with the Chemical Weapons Depot.
The man's name has not been released. He also hasn't missed any work as a result of the exposure.