NIOSH has released a report
stating that there is "a potential for significant occupational exposures and health effects from vapors released from the hazardous waste-storage tanks," and that "vapor constituents may be present at sufficiently high concentrations to pose a health risk to workers."The report also found that "that chemical monitoring was insufficient and conducted in arbitrary locations, and that samples were sometimes collected hours after a vapor exposure had occurred. "
You may recall that the Washington Post and Government Accountability Project investigation and a Department of Energy study found similar problems at Hanford.
"They found what we've been saying, that (the contractor) can do a much better job protecting us," said Steve Lewis, an electrician who has worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation for more than a decade and says he was injured by tank vapors. I will post a link to the NIOSH report when I find it.
The institute's report, released yesterday, was applauded by workers and watchdog groups who said it provides added vindication for their allegations that tank workers were being made sick.
Update: And here it is.