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Feds urge 9th Circuit to keep Hanford COVID vax policy in place
A federal judge in Eastern Washington, who twice allowed 314 employees at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site to amend their complaint over government COVID-19 vaccination requirements, was justified in dismissing the case, Justice Department attorneys told the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals Dec. 23. Only seven of the plaintiffs in the David Donovan versus President Joe Biden case have their request for exemptions “conclusively resolved” and face any potential discipline for refusing to get vaccinated, the government lawyers said in a 79-page brief. The seven are all contractor employees, the Justice Department said. The other 300-plus plaintiffs, many of them Hanford security people, “face no immediate threat of injury,”…
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RadWaste Monitor
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