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DOE and WRPS Release New Tank Vapor Plan

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RICHLAND, WA- The Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions have released a detailed plan to deal with vapor exposures at Hanford's tank farms.

NBC Right Now read the 58 page document to break down the new plan.

This past year has been difficult to say the least for fifty-some workers filing complaints about injuries they suffered from the job and a potential lawsuit from the attorney general on the horizon.

DOE and WRPS say toxiocology samples will be taken again to verify the nature of the chemicals in these tank farms. The plan calls for updating the limit of chemicals workers should be exposed to and make more periodic checks on workers who have been exposed long term.

The DOE's Tank Farms Assistant Manager, Tom Fletcher spoke from Washington D.C., “There's a lot of research on the chemicals that are out there. We are going to collect a significant amount of sampling data. We will re-analyze that sampling data too. We've done this in the past, but to confirm that what we have in the head space is what we today, or what we saw in the past, that is what we are continuing to see.”

New testing will be done on the current clothing and masks to see where the sources of vapors are, how long the exposure lasts, and to see how effective the clothing is.

DOE and WRPS also hope to form a "Task Team" of experts, workers and researchers to find ways to detect and control those plumes.