Several Hanford workers from Mission Support Alliance are not working after concerns about chemical vapor exposure at the tank farms.
KENNEWICK, WA - Several Hanford workers from Mission Support Alliance are not working after concerns about chemical vapor exposure at the tank farms.
Sources told NBC Right Now about a stop work order released Monday for MSA workers near the tank farms. Tuesday afternoon, MSA confirmed workers in close proximity to the tank farms are not currently working.
The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council issued the stop work order for their union members concerned about the vapor exposure at the tank farms. By Tuesday, the tank farm vapors had sent 25 workers in for medical evaluations.
MSA says the group of workers won't work until they are better informed about the tank farm vapors.
"We have workers that work in the vicinity of tank farms. So the staff called this precautionary measure and we are taking strides to ensure that our workers are informed of what the situation is out there," said Rae Weil, MSA Director of Communications.
MSA says the workers under the stop work order were in briefings all day Tuesday about the vapors at the tank farms.
MSA says they are partnering with Washington River Protection Solutions to make sure all employees are informed.