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Senator Patty Murray Fighting for Former Hanford Workers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington Senator Patty Murray takes a hard stance on compensation for sick Hanford workers.

Senator Murray wants to lower the standard for compensation for former workers who claim work on the site gave them cancer.

Proposals would give former workers "Special Exposure Cohort" status, meaning workers wouldn't need to prove that certain cancers were caused by exposure to chemicals at work.

She also wants to see those claims sped up, and make sure people don't have to continue to fight for them even after a loved one dies of their sickness.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that they're receiving the compensation we promised them in a fair and timely manner," Senator Murray said.

Murray blames the Department of Energy for much of the problems, and says that's why she fought to move the compensation programs to the Department of Labor.