Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 20 2016

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today released the following statement following Susannah Frame’s latest KING 5 report on the hardships experienced by Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers:

“It was my honor to meet with Seth Ellingsworth, whose health problems arising from his Hanford work are profiled in Susannah’s story, earlier this month in the Tri-Cities. 

“I’m still waiting for an answer to my question:  How many Washington workers need to get sick before the federal government solves this problem?

“If the Department of Energy and its contractors won’t respond, an answer is going to come from a federal judge.”

In September 2015, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions to protect workers at the Hanford facility.


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