Daughter of former Hanford worker talks about dangers of radiation exposure

The daughter of a former Hanford worker talked to students at Columbia Basin College about the dangers of radiation exposure.

Trisha Pritikin, whose father was an engineer at the Hanford facility, was born and raised in Richland during the facility’s decades of plutonium production. She lost both parents to aggressive cancers identified as radiation-related under federal nuclear worker compensation laws.

Pritikin herself also suffers from hypoparathyroidism, which can lead to tetany, seizures, and eventual kidney failure if not monitored carefully.

She now serves as the president of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit known as CORE, or the Consequences of Radiation Exposure.

“Our goal is to keep the human toll of Hanford, the Nevada test site and the other Manhattan project and Cold War production and testing facilities alive in the public’s mind because we don’t want that to happen again,” Pritikin said.

On Monday, Pritikin told her story to dozens of CBC students during a presentation. She also answered questions at the end.

Anyone interested in learning more can buy her book, The Hanford Plaintiffs: Voices from the Fight for Atomic Justice, which is set to be released in spring 2020.