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20 Hanford workers evaluated for vapor exposure

Twenty total Hanford workers have been treated for vapor exposure, according to a Washington River Protection Solutions representative.

RICHLAND, Wash. - Twenty total Hanford workers have been treated for vapor exposure, according to a Washington River Protection Solutions representative.

Rob Roxburgh, the WRPS representative confirmed to KEPR Friday that eight more workers have reported smelling vapors after working at the Hanford site.

Twelve workers came forward Thursday afternoon saying they experienced some odors after taking their oxygen masks off after working at the tank farm.

Then according to Roxburgh, two more workers came forward Thursday night. The workers reported odors while walking the transfer line for the waste pumped from the leaking double shell tank and both were treated at the onsite medical facility.

Roxburgh says thirteen of the workers reported having various symptoms, and seven of the workers were medically evaluated for as a precaution.

Nineteen of the workers have been cleared to return to work and the results of another Hanford employee's evaluation are not available, according to Roxburgh.

Earlier this month, officials revealed that a tank known as AY-102 had leaked several thousand gallons of radioactive waste from its primary tank, according to the AP.

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