An April 16, 2018 article in the LA Times, “Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site,” chronicles the nuclear facility’s continued problems with contamination events.
The article’s author Ralph Vartabedian, spoke with Tom Carpenter, executive director of the watchdog group Hanford Challenge, who he says, “asserts that the demolition project used too many unskilled workers, attempted to do the work too fast and failed to adopt known safety measures that would have helped contain the contamination.”
“They took shortcuts and stupid risks,” Carpenter said. “They gambled and lost.”
Vartebedian also spoke with several employees who were exposed and face uncertain futures.