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Long-Running Federal Court Lawsuit Filed by Hanford Has Ended

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A long-running federal court lawsuit filed by Hanford downwinders has finally ended.
    
The final plaintiffs in the massive lawsuit filed 24 years ago have reached settlement agreements or dropped their claims.
    
About 15 years ago, there were as many as 5,000 people claiming their health was harmed by past radioactive releases from the Hanford nuclear reservation.
    
The majority of the claims advancing through the legal process were for thyroid cancer or other thyroid conditions.
    
The U.S. Department of Energy, which owns Hanford, said Wednesday it was pleased the matter had been resolved.
    
Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation's largest collection of nuclear waste.
    
 

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