Whistleblower http://nwpr.org en Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil http://nwpr.org/post/workers-question-safety-culture-railroad-hauling-volatile-crude-oil <p>Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year.</p><p>Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.</p><p>More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil.</p><p>The company regularly touts its commitment to safety.</p><p>But an EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF Railway deals with whistleblowers – particularly those who voice concerns about safety.</p><p>Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix. EarthFix’s Tony Schick contributed to the reporting for this story. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 48398 at http://nwpr.org Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open http://nwpr.org/post/hanford-whistleblowers-senate-hearing-forces-few-answers-open <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031114AK_Carpenter_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.<p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:47:17 +0000 Anna King 42651 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower http://nwpr.org/post/hanford-contractor-fires-prominent-whistleblower <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021814AK_Busche_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prominent whistleblower was fired from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's radioactive waste cleanup project on Tuesday. </span><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:17:06 +0000 Anna King 41646 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower Hanford Whistleblower Case Goes Before Federal Court In Seattle http://nwpr.org/post/hanford-whistleblower-case-goes-federal-court-seattle <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/110713AK_Tamosaitis_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Nuclear engineer Walt Tamosaitis says he was removed from his position because he brought up safety concerns.<p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:05:41 +0000 Anna King 36979 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Whistleblower Case Goes Before Federal Court In Seattle Judge Dismisses Hanford Whistleblower Case http://nwpr.org/post/judge-dismisses-hanford-whistleblower-case <p>A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit by a high-level whistleblower against a contractor at the Hanford nuclear site. A former manager there had voiced safety concerns about the design of a plant meant to treat millions of gallons of radioactive waste. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:18:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16685 at http://nwpr.org Judge Dismisses Hanford Whistleblower Case Klamath Dam Scientist Alleges He Was Fired After Questioning http://nwpr.org/post/klamath-dam-scientist-alleges-he-was-fired-after-questioning <p>A former government scientist says the Department of Interior has painted too positive a picture of Klamath Dam removal. Paul Houser was a scientific integrity officer. And he says he was fired for expressing his dissent. Amelia Templeton reports. Mon, 07 May 2012 13:32:59 +0000 Amelia Templeton 7868 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Whistleblower May Not Get Jury Trial http://nwpr.org/post/hanford-whistleblower-may-not-get-jury-trial <p>A Hanford whistleblower lawsuit is underway in federal court in Yakima. A former high-level manager on a nuclear treatment project is asking for a jury trial, but the judge hearing the case said Thursday that&rsquo;s unlikely. Correspondent Anna King was there. Fri, 04 May 2012 13:41:05 +0000 Anna King 7741 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Whistleblower May Not Get Jury Trial Top Hanford Scientist Calls Treatment Plant Pipes Not Strong Enough http://nwpr.org/post/top-hanford-scientist-calls-treatment-plant-pipes-not-strong-enough <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; Over the last two years we&rsquo;ve brought you numerous stories about high-level whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation&#39;s nuclear waste treatment plant. It&rsquo;s one of the largest environmental cleanup projects on Earth. Now, yet another top expert there is risking his career to speak openly. He tells our correspondent Anna King the plant&rsquo;s vessels and pipes -- as they&rsquo;re designed now -- will leak radioactive waste within their planned lifespan. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:40:47 +0000 Anna King 2658 at http://nwpr.org Top Hanford Scientist Calls Treatment Plant Pipes Not Strong Enough