Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 3 2016

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued the following statement regarding recent events at Hanford. He filed a lawsuit in September 2015 regarding worker safety issues at Hanford

“The fact that workers continue to be exposed to harmful vapors is shameful. The events of the past several days are a disturbing illustration of why I filed a lawsuit against the federal government to protect Washingtonians who work at Hanford.

"How many Washington workers need to get sick before the federal government solves this problem? I call on President Obama and Secretary Moniz to become personally involved in this issue. What’s happening at Hanford isn’t right, and I am exploring further legal options to keep our workers safe at Hanford. I look forward to meeting personally with Hanford workers later this week.”


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Peter Lavallee, Communications Director, (360) 586-0725; PeterL@atg.wa.gov