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Friday, July 29, 2011

Nuclear Whistle Blower, Engineer Walter Tamosaitis, demoted

Nuclear whistle-blower backed by watchdog agency

Engineer Walter Tamosaitis was sidelined by his bosses after raising concerns about the risks of dealing with radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash. A government agency supports him after a yearlong inquiry.

  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Capitol Hill. Chu testified about the Energy Department's proposed FY2012 budget.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Appropriations… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
July 06, 2011|By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Walter Tamosaitis, once a top engineer in the nation's nuclear weapons cleanup program, has been relegated to a basement storage room equipped with cardboard-box and plywood furniture with nothing to do for the last year.
Tamosaitis' bosses sent him there when he persisted in raising concerns about risks at the Energy Department's project to deal with millions of gallons of radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash., including the potential for hydrogen gas explosions.

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