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Hanford Tank Farm Workers Speak Out on Vapor Exposure

25 Hanford tank farm workers have undergone medical evaluations in the last two weeks for exposure to chemical vapors. Now, tank farm workers are speaking out. 25 Hanford tank farm workers have undergone medical evaluations in the last two weeks for exposure to chemical vapors. Now, tank farm workers are speaking out.

KENNEWICK, WA - 25 Hanford tank farm workers have undergone medical evaluations in the last two weeks for exposure to chemical vapors. Now, tank farm workers are speaking out.

Workers at the tank farms and in nearby areas told our reporter, Jane Sander, that they're upset with how Washington River Protection Solutions has dealt with the chemical vapor exposure to their workers. Workers say they're deeply concerned that workers exposed to the vapors were sent right back to work. But they say things changed Wednesday.

Washington River Protection Solutions workers say WRPS agreed Wednesday that employees exposed to chemical vapors will not go back into the field right away.

Sources say the 25 workers evaluated for exposure to chemical vapors, will now wait until blood test results return before going back to their work site.

The blood test results take ten days and show what chemicals a worker was exposed to.

But, workers say, until now, WRPS sent their workers back to work at the tank farms before getting those results and even when workers still felt symptoms of exposure to vapors.

One worker who went in for an evaluation after smelling vapors, said the Hanford medical site provider took 16 viles of blood during his evaluation. He says he continues to have symptoms including a burning nose, lungs and throat, along with headaches and changes in sleep patterns.

One tank farm worker says he's doesn't trust WRPS anymore and is concerned for his health and his coworkers that he considers to be family.

Tank farm workers exposed to chemical vapors said they were hesitant to report them and get an evaluation because they were concerned about their job security.

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