The event will feature a moderated discussion with a prominent whistleblower from the Hanford Nuclear Site.
Joining us will be Walt Tamosaitis, former Deputy Chief Process Engineer and Research & Technology Manager for the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) at Hanford – the nation’s most contaminated nuclear facility (containing two-thirds of the country’s high-level nuclear waste). Tamosaitis has exposed gross safety issues that pose a wide-scale threat to surrounding communities.
We will also be joined by Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of Hanford Challenge, an organization that works to protect Hanford employees and educate the public about issues regarding nuclear waste.
This event is being produced in conjunction with the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. The event is one of several stops in GAP’s acclaimed program, the American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability, a dynamic campaign aimed at educating the public – particularly university students – about the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing. Previous Tour stops have featured some of the most prominent whistleblowers in American history, including Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Frank Serpico (NYPD), and Sherron Watkins (Enron).
This event is particularly timely, as startling news about Hanford – the most contaminated nuclear site in the country – continues to break. Over the last several months, media reports have detailed that: federal and state officials acknowledged six underground tanks are leaking radioactive material (February), 14 other tanks may be leaking (March), the leaking of a double-shelled tank took a contractor and federal officials more than a year to announce to the public (April), and an accomplished engineer recommended halting the notoriously problematic Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) due to safety concerns (December). Just a few days ago, it was revealed that the Department of Energy has provided contractors with more than $1 million of taxpayer dollars to fight Tamosaitis.
The event is free to all, and will last from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge).
For more information about the American Whistleblower Tour, click here: www.WhistleblowerTour.org