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Senators Urge Department of Energy to Reinstate Whistleblower Protection Rule

A group of U.S. Senators formally called on Rick Perry, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Secretary, to immediately reinstate rules allowing the agency to hold its contractors accountable for retaliation against whistleblowers who report nuclear safety violations. In a March 6 letter, U.S. Senators Roy Wyden (D-OR), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Edward Markey (D-MA), noted that the DOE has a “long history of failing to protect whistleblowers” who call out violations of rules and regulations governing nuclear safety. Their concerns about whistleblower retaliation within the agency were underscored by a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that documented the ... Read More

U.S. paying legal fees of corporations in Hanford whistleblower case, senator wants to know why

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding to know why the federal government has paid at least $3.5 million in legal expenses on behalf of private contractors fighting the claims of two whistleblowers who allege the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is riddled with serious safety hazards. Senator McCaskill, head of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, is investigating the claims of Walter Tamosaitis and Donna Busche, two longtime Hanford employees who claim they were fired in retaliation for reporting serious and widespread safety threats at the site. Hanford is the ... Read More

OSHA orders reinstatement of engineer fired for raising safety concerns at Kansas nuclear site

BURLINGTON, KS – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Enercon Services Inc., an engineering services firm based in Kennesaw, Ga., to reinstate and pay back wages to a senior engineer who alleges he was fired for raising safety concerns at a Kansas nuclear energy facility. After investigating the claim, OSHA found the engineer’s termination was a violation of whistleblower provisions under the Energy Reorganization Act. The agency proposed that Enercon pay $261,153 in back wages, compensatory damages, interest and attorney’s fees to the engineer. The investigation determined that Enercon fired the licensed professional civil and structural ... Read More