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Hanford Worker Named to National Board

WASHINGTON- President Bush has named a longtime Hanford worker to a prestigious national safety board.

Josie Beach is now a member of the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Board for Radiation and Worker health.

Beach has more than 20 years experience out at Hanford.  For the last five she's been teaching nuclear safety for workers like these in CH2M Hill's tank farm operations.

She's one of only 12 people nationally on the board, made up of doctors, scientists and field workers.

She says it's a chance to get a Hanford perspective on the board.

"My goal is to have the opportunity to, once again, promote worker protection. That's been important to me, that's been part of my career path for the last 20 years out at Hanford and this will give me a greater opportunity to do that," she said.

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell nominated Beach for the position earlier this year, and this week, the President signed off on her making it official.

She will serve a four year term on the board.