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Former Hanford Worker Wants To See More Worker Protection

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One woman who worked at Hanford for twelve years, says more needs to be done. One woman who worked at Hanford for twelve years, says more needs to be done.
RICHLAND, WA- The Hanford Advisory Board met Thursday and held an open comment session for the public.

The board released a draft of their advice to improve Hanford worker safety. The document said the Savannah River National Labratory study done in October on worker conditions is quote, "unreliable as a source of information."

The board is now recommending tank farm worker equipment be delivered in a timely fashion, follow up evaluations are conducted on long term health effects, and there is technology to detect vapor emissions.

One woman who worked at Hanford for twelve years, says more needs to be done.

Katherine VanDyke said she has, "Nodules in both of my lungs, we are still doing research on those. I have neuropathy on both arms and both legs and more medical problems. I've been in this situation for a long time, that has now made me permanently disabled. It actually has consumed my life."

Clint Wolfley with Safety & Health Management at Washington River Protection Solutions said, "Our workforce is introduced to hazards every day. But, the most important thing is that there are aggressive controls that we have in place at Hanford as a site."

Although there are on site medical professionals at Hanford, VanDyke said she has trouble finding a doctor who will quote, "Put their name up against it" saying, they do noy know enough about the chemicals to make a direct connection.

VanDyke said the attorney general getting involved is some of the best progress yet.

"It's wonderful that somebody has finally come in and said, "Hey, we've got a problem here, this needs to be addressed and fixed. That's been needed for a long time," explained VanDyke.

When NBC Right Now asked WRPS what they were doing since the attorney general threatened to sue, they said "Changes are evolving and the public will know those changes in the near future" .

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