Hanford Tank Farm Vapor Victim Speaks Out
A longtime Hanford worker who was recently exposed to unknown vapors at the Washington River Protection Solutions run tank farms is speaking out.
Rebecca Holland is a 28 year Hanford veteran who is one of 26 workers have been sent for medical evaluation over the past few weeks by the contractor.
Holland, who had to be transported to the Kadlec Regional medical Center emergency room, says when she was exposed she suffered dizziness and nausea and later suffered nose bleeds severe enough that she had to see a doctor and undergo a procedure in order to get them to stop.
While the contractor says that all of the workers have been medically cleared to return to work, Holland is one of several who do not yet feel well enough to do so.
She tells us that the on site medical facilities at the tank farms need to be upgraded, and more resemble a first aid center than a real medical facility.
WRPS tells us that it is not known what vapors the workers were exposed to and that of the 1800 or so potential chemicals in the tanks, 59 are known to carry potential concerns.
Tomorrow Your Local ABC will be talking to sit down interview with John McDonald, the environmental, safety, health & quality manager for Washington River Protection Solutions in order to hear more on a one on one basis from the contractor's point of view.