State of Hanford Meeting Draws Standing Room Only Crowd

The Department of Energy holds a state of the Hanford site meeting tonight at the Richland Red Lion. A standing room only crowd of site workers and members of the community were on hand.

The DOE and the state of Washington have been at odds lately. The Department recently made a proposal to amend the site's governing consent decree, but the state refused. Last week Governor Jay Inslee and and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson took the next legal step, triggering dispute resolution on the matter.

Nearly thirty workers have also been treated over the last few weeks for exposure to potentially harmful vapors at Hanford's tank farms. That was one of the subjects addressed at a pre-meeting news conference.

"I don't know that you can fully eliminate the vapors, but we can certainly drive them as close to extinct as possible," said Office of River Protection manager Kevin Smith. "As you know there's a number of different chemical compounds in those tanks, but the workers deserve a healthy safe working environment and we are going to do everything we can to get there.