Six more Hanford workers evaluated for exposure to vapors

Six more Hanford workers evaluated for exposure to vapors
In this May 6, 2004 file photo, workers use heavy machinery to remove waste in an area near two dormant nuclear reactors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.
WASHINGTON RIVER PROTECTION SOLUTION NEWS RELEASE -- Late this morning, six Washington River Protection Solution (WRPS) workers were sent to the Hanford Site medical provider for evaluation after experiencing chemical vapors-related symptoms. All six were released to return to work.

The workers were not in one of Hanford’s tank farms. They were working in the 200-West Area near the SY Tank Farm when they smelled a chemical odor. The workers reported throat and nasal irritation and headaches. As a precaution, WRPS management requested the workers receive a medical evaluation.

Air samples collected by industrial hygiene technicians are being analyzed. Further efforts will be made to determine the potential source of the vapors.