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Hanford Whistleblower Donna Busche was terminated from her position as Manager of Environmental and Nuclear Safety at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has called for “the Government Accountability Office to investigate not only the pattern of contractor retaliation against whistleblowers at Hanford, but also DOE’s lack of response to these actions.” On March 11th at 10:00am Eastern (7:00am Pacific) there will be a hearing on Whistleblower Retaliation at the Hanford Nuclear Site before the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. For the latest coverage, please check our Newsroom.
Hanford Challenge is collecting information on the health impacts & potential exposures of Hanford workers and their families.
Hanford Challenge is excited to have facilitated a number of media stories over the past week and will continue to stand beside those who blow the whistle to protect the environment, our health, and taxpayer dollars. Most recently CBS News interviewed both Donna Busche and Walter Tamosaitis. Tamosaitis was also interviewed on Huffington Post Live.
On October 2nd, whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis was laid off from his job after 44 years with URS. Senators Ron Wyden and Edward Markey sent letters to Energy Secretary Moniz demanding answers about Dr. Tamosaitis’s termination. It is people like Walt, who continue to fight for safety concerns despite retaliation that will save the public from catastrophe.
- Empty actively leaking underground storage tanks.
- Build new environmentally compliant tanks.
- Create plans to remove, treat, and dispose of waste that has leaked into the soil and groundwater beneath the tanks.
- Begin an external, independent, licensing review that determines how to salvage the Waste Treatment Plant.
- Give authority to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to certify whether and when the WTP can operate from a nuclear safety standpoint.
- Make harassment and reprisal against whistleblowers a civil and criminal offense.
- Create a cleanup agency whose only mission is remediation of retired government nuclear and toxic facilities.