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  • The Human Toll of Hanford's Dirty Secrets

    "The Human Toll of Hanford’s Dirty Secrets" exposed that in 2016 an unprecedented number of Hanford nuclear workers became ill after breathing toxic chemical vapors emanating from nuclear waste, while the federal government sat back and did little to remedy the crisis. We showed that instead of taking action to protect its workers, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Hanford’s operator, waged a cover up campaign, denied any problem existed, and even punished workers who insisted on better health protections.
  • The Human Toll of Hanford's Dirty Secrets

    “The Human Toll of Hanford’s Dirty Secrets” exposed a decades-long effort to hide the health threat posed to workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington. Since March dozens of workers (56 at the time of this writing) have become sick on the job after inhaling toxic chemical vapors emitted from underground nuclear storage tanks. These workers are just the most recent to be harmed by exposure to the vapors, which have been allowed to vent into the atmosphere dating back to the facility’s establishment in the 1940s.
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    The Houston Press investigates the Exxon refinery in Baytown, where cutbacks in personnel and maintenance budget and the increased use of outside contractors has turned the plant into a catastrophe waiting to happen. Major disasters have been narrowly averted several times in the past two years after escaping vapors formed explosive clouds near open flames. (April 18, July 11, 1996)