"Company Fires Scientist Who Warned of Hanford Waste Site Problems"

"When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation's largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. On Wednesday, Tamosaitis, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., was laid off from his job after 44 years with the company."

"The concerns that Tamosaitis raised two years ago about the design of the waste treatment plant, a $12.3-billion industrial complex that would turn highly radioactive sludge into glass, were validated by federal investigators. Construction of the plant was halted and the Energy Department is trying to address a wide range of problems with the design."

Ralph Vartabedian reports for the Los Angeles Times October 4, 2013.


"Report Details Woes at Hanford Nuclear Site Plant" (AP)

"Energy Department Report Faults Procedures at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site" (Washington Post)

"Feds: Bechtel Not Doing Safety Checks at Hanford" (Washington Post)

"U.S. Report Says Oversight of Hanford Waste Plant Unfocused" (Bloomberg)

"Hanford Whistleblower Tamosaitis Loses His Job" (Tri-City Herald)

"Sen. Wyden Presses Energy Secretary on Hanford Nuke Site Risks" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

Source: LA Times, 10/07/2013