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Hanford Workers Taken to Hospital After Smelling Chemical Vapors

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HANFORD, WA - Several Hanford workers have returned to work after a chemical vapor scare at a Hanford tank farm.

Washington River Protection Solutions says there have been several incidents in the past week where workers have smelled chemical vapors at the tank farms.

On Tuesday morning two workers were taken to Kadlec Hospital after complaining of coughing and throat irritation. The two were examined and then returned to work. Seven additional workers elected to go to the Hanford site medical provider (HPMC) where they were also examined and released.

Last Wednesday two workers were checked at HPMC after smelling chemical vapors. They also returned to work.

Hanford's underground waste tanks are vented to the atmosphere. Chemicals contained in the waste generate vapors. Washington River Protection Solutions has a comprehensive industrial hygiene program that monitors chemical vapors in the tank farms and in recent years WRPS has taken a number of steps to reduce potential vapor exposures to its workers.