Outside lab asked to review Hanford vapor problem

Outside lab asked to review Hanford vapor problem

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Becky Holland covers her face after arriving March 26 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland after breathing chemical vapors on the Hanford Site.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 12:40 PM

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.

Washington River Protection Solutions, a contractor, asked the Savannah River National Laboratory to provide a broader analysis and recommendations for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation than previous reviews in 2008 and 2010.

The U.S. Energy Department supports the review to resolve questions raised this spring after more than two dozen workers received medical attention following apparent exposure to chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation in eastern Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1fMpnuX ) the vapors that vent from underground tanks have been a concern for two decades.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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