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DOE Finally Speaks Out on Chemical Vapor Exposure at State of Hanford Meeting

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On Tuesday, the Department of Energy spoke with NBC Right Now on camera for the first time since reports in recent weeks of Hanford tank farm workers exposed to chemical vapors. On Tuesday, the Department of Energy spoke with NBC Right Now on camera for the first time since reports in recent weeks of Hanford tank farm workers exposed to chemical vapors.
RICHLAND, WA - On Tuesday, the Department of Energy spoke with NBC Right Now on camera for the first time since reports in recent weeks of Hanford tank farm workers exposed to chemical vapors.

After repeated media requests, DOE representatives spoke with NBC Right Now at the State of Hanford meeting in Richland .When DOE was asked what they're doing about the chemical vapors issue, they explained an independent review by the Savannah River Laboratory will review all options to protect workers.

"We're going to have a complete, robust, engineered look at all of this. But I also say that we really want this to be a healthy environment for the workers for once and all. It's time to just put this thing to bed," Kevin Smith of the DOE Office of River Protection explained. 

This is the fourth of four meetings that the members of the Tri-Party Agreement have held around the Northwest.

There were presentations from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Ecology. They presented people with the current cleanup challenges and gave the public the opportunity to ask questions.
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