Shipyard workers exposed to cyanide and toxins for many years

Workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington State, were exposed to poisons including cyanide and chlorine, but shipyard managers did not take any action for seven years, according to local reports.

Investigators for a TV station found that a waste water treatment facility was the subject of warnings and complaints about equipment and design failures before it opened in 2006, but that it was 2013 before managers took serious measures to address the problems

Former plant supervisor Kevin Albert said that the workers’ subsequent medical problems “could have been prevented.” Six medical professionals at Harborview and Group Health/Kaiser Permanente agreed. Albert himself was diagnosed with occupational reactive airway disease, irritable larynx, vocal cord dysfunction as well as anxiety and depression.