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Report Criticizes the Department of Energy's Treatment of Hanford Employees

SEATTLE, Wash.- A Government Accountability Project report concludes that the Department of Energy isn't adequately educating Hanford workers about their medical benefits.

The report says that employees are victims of what GAP calls, "systemic injustice." 

GAP wrote that nearly a third of cases examined weren't seen fairly, and many workers don't know they can seek their own treatment.

"When they very first have an illness or injury at work, many workers are shuttled into the Department of Energy's on site medical provider, and don't realize that they have the right to see their own doctor instead," said Lea Mitchell, a GAP representative.

The DOE is responding tonight, saying that a state report they commissioned found them to be in full compliance with all laws and that they care greatly about their employees.

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