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Former Hanford safety worker speaks out after evacuation

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Action News spoke with a man who spent nearly 40 years of his life working at Hanford to get some perspective on the severity of Tuesday’s incident.

Marshall Almarode started his radiation safety work at Hanford in 1974 at the age of 21. He retired in 2013 and spent his entire career working as a radiation protection officer.

Almarode tells us he worked right next to the PUREX tunnel that collapsed Tuesday. He is confident that crews are taking the measures needed to make sure employee and the public are staying safe.

"In 1974 they would have never had a site evacuation, so they are over emphasizing the safety today that they never used to do in 1974 when I started," said Almarode.

Almarode tells Action News he and other crew members would use hand held equipment to test for radiation around the tunnels and never detecting anything.

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