Whitman College presents discussion on hazards at Hanford

WALLA WALLA, WA--Experts from the national Government Accountability Project will visit Whitman College tomorrow to discuss hazards at the Hanford Nuclear site.

Structured as a moderated discussion, this event will feature prominent whistleblower Dr. Walt Tamosaitis, who will share details of the retaliation he experienced after raising safety concerns about Hanford's waste disposal. Tamosaitis, who is the former Deputy Chief Process Engineer and Research & Technology Manager for the Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford, alleges he was fired from his job at the site’s cleanup project by Bechtel, a contractor.

Hanford is the nation’s most contaminated nuclear facility, containing two-thirds of the country’s high-level nuclear waste.

Liz Mattson of the nonprofit advocacy group Hanford Challenge will discuss issues regarding the safe cleanup of Hanford’s 53 million gallons of leaking nuclear waste, and her organization’s efforts to protect whistleblowers and educate the public.

This event takes place tomorrow, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Whitman's Maxey Auditorium. Q&A and extended discussion period to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public.