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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. For all of the latest coverage, please check our Newsroom.
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.
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In coalition with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southwest Research and Information Center, Hanford Challenge sent a letter to Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu regarding the Department of Energy’s costly, unwise and illegal “preferred alternative” to send certain Hanford tank wastes to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. March 26, 2013
Hanford Challenge press release praises Governor Jay Inslee for his “zero tolerance policy on radioactive leaks” at Hanford. The history of tank leaks at Hanford, as well as this latest leak, illustrates the urgency to begin construction of new tanks and the importance of an independent assessment of the Waste Treatment Plant. February 15, 2013
- 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.