Odor drives workers from Hanford site

Odor drives workers from Hanford site

Workers at a demolished nuclear production complex in western Washington have reported smelling a suspicious odor.

Five Hanford Site workers reported the smell Monday afternoon, but declined a precautionary medical exam, according to the Tri-City Herald. Workers were told to leave and Hanford crews made plans to collect air samples.

Hanford workers wear air respirators for most work inside the fence lines of the site’s tank farms, but the area where the workers were on Monday does not require them to wear the respirators.

The last time suspicious odors were reported outside a tank farm at Hanford was Nov. 28. In that incident, three workers received medical evaluations and were cleared to return to work the same day.