A Nuclear Waste Site Where Biggest Fear Isn’t Radiation, but COVID-19

“Workers at ‘most toxic place in America’ are terrified to return to a site where there has been very little protection from the outbreak”

“For more than a month, coronavirus has brought cleanup of a 586-square-mile decommissioned nuclear production complex in south-eastern Washington state to a near standstill.

Most of the more than 11,000 employees at the Hanford site were sent home in late March, with only essential workers remaining to make sure the “most toxic place in America” stays safe and secure.

Now with signs that Washington has turned a corner with the virus and the state’s governor slowly starting to relax some safety measures, Hanford workers are looking at the very real possibility of returning to work.”

Hallie Golden reports for the Guardian May 4, 2020.