2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:19:35 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Hanford (WA) whistleblowers
Energy Department, Contractor Faulted for Handling of Whistleblowers

By Charles S. Clark
Government Executive
March 11, 2014

Testimony from fired self-described whistleblowers combined with senators' skepticism on Tuesday put the Energy Department on the defensive for its handling of safety concerns raised at its Hanford, Wash. nuclear waste cleanup project.

Because of ongoing litigation and disagreements over whether two ex- contractor employees have proven whistleblower status, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took their testimony in the form of an "unofficial" roundtable discussion before convening an official hearing at which Energy officials declined to be seated alongside representatives of the major engineering companies that fired the safety specialists who had raised concerns.

"I don't think anyone wants to be a whistleblower," said McCaskill, who chairs the contracting subcommittee of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Reporting your colleagues, who may be your friends, for actions that look like waste, fraud, abuse or a danger to others, isn't an easy decision for most people. But the job that whistleblowers do is tremendously important and valuable. That's why, when courageous men and women feel compelled to speak out, we do not want to silence them."”


For the entire article, see
http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/03/energy-department-contractor- faulted-handling-whistleblowers/80329/?oref=govexec_today_nl


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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