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Appeals court rules on Hanford downwinders

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Associated Press - August 14, 2007 3:25 PM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - In a sweeping ruling, a federal appeals court has overturned a judgment in favor of a woman who had sued contractors at the Hanford nuclear reservation for causing her thyroid cancer, but opened the door for three other plaintiffs to have a new trial.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco also overruled claims by Hanford contractors that they were immune from punishment because they were government contractors.

Since 1990, more than 2,300 people have sued over health problems they believe were caused by exposure to radioactive emissions from south-central Washington's Hanford site over the years.

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