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Hanford Workers Test Thousands of Air Samples

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RICHLAND, WA - Officials say some 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford site this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem.

But Hanford officials said Wednesday that doesn't mean that vapors aren't making workers sick.

Tom Fletcher of the U.S. Department of Energy says none of the air samples taken this year showed chemical levels above occupational exposure limits. He says Hanford officials are awaiting a report expected later this year from the Savannah River National Laboratory on what might be causing the illnesses.
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