Published in Cancer Weekly, August 10th, 2004
About 1,800 people have filed lawsuits against former contractors at Hanford, claiming they have thyroid disease, cancer or other illnesses because of radioactive material released from the site when plutonium was made during World War II and the Cold War.
Attorneys for contractors at the site have argued that some of the plaintiffs, often called downwinders, filed suit too late and should be dropped from the lawsuit.
The first downwinders...
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