More Hanford workers report symptoms from chemical vapors

More Hanford workers report symptoms from chemical vapors
FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, a warning sign is shown attached to a fence at the 'C' Tank Farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
WASHINGTON RIVER PROTECTION SOLUTIONS NEWS RELEASE -- Three Washington River Protection Solution (WRPS) workers were sent for medical evaluation today after experiencing vapors-related symptoms in Hanford’s T Farm. Two were sent to the hospital for further evaluation. The third was taken to the site medical provider for evaluation and subsequently released back to work.

Separately, three non-WRPS workers reported possible vapors-related symptoms today after working yesterday near AY/AZ Farms, where other workers were evacuated Tuesday. All three were taken to the site medical provider; two were released back to work. Evaluation of the third is pending.

Data collection and analysis is underway in the affected farms to understand what happened and what might be done to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.

The presence of chemical vapors is one of the hazards of tank farm operations, and WRPS takes a conservative approach to dealing with its risks—one designed to minimize potential worker exposure and provide an appropriate medical response, when necessary.