Nuclear Whisteblowers: Arnie Gundersen with special guest David Lochbaum… plus more Hanford troubles (AUDIO)

Published: February 19th, 2013 at 1:41 pm ET
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Tri-CityHerald, Feb. 19, 2013: Donna Busche accused contractor Bechtel National and subcontractor URS Energy and Construction of working to fire her in retaliation for raising safety issues concerning the operation of the $12.3 billion vitrification plant — charges the company denies.

KLCC Eugene Oregon NPR (Anna King), Feb. 18, 2013: Donna Busche, is the manager of environmental and nuclear safety for URS. That’s another top contractor on the waste treatment plant project. This month she filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Bechtel and her own company. She’s especially concerned about the plant’s complicated pre-treatment facility. Donna Busche: “I think there are serious issues with the quality, throughout the design and fabrication of that plant. When you have quality indeterminate and safety indeterminate, in the nuclear business, those must be addressed – with unwavering commitment to do the right thing. So I do not believe we have a safety basis for the pretreatment facility.”

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Fairewinds Energy Education, Feb. 17, 2013: Are Whistleblowers Being Protected By The NRC? Not Really! [...] Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and special guest David Lochbaum, the Director of Nuclear Safety for the Union of Concerned Scientists, compare experiences about how nuclear whistleblowers are NOT protected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if they bring safety concerns forward. They will also discuss examples citing instances of the NRC failing to support the legitimate concerns of whistleblowers in the nuclear industry, including inside the NRC itself.

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7 comments to Nuclear Whisteblowers: Arnie Gundersen with special guest David Lochbaum… plus more Hanford troubles (AUDIO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    The NRC wants whistle blowers out in the open so they know where to aim. The companies will deny everything, falsify as much documentation and bury the rest. Then they will make up some past issues to pin on Donna and make her look like some revenge driven, hormonal, crazy that is seeing nuclear accidents everywhere.

    These nuke companies have Billions to build these plants and get more every day from government funds and tax payers. What's throwing a couple million at the defamation on one person. Then they can bury her to, right beside all the paperwork that backs up all her claims.


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      The Whitehouse has made it pretty clear that they will completely support whistle-blowers – unless one of their crony in the fed family are accused of something.

      In that case, the whistle-blower, the whistle-blower's family, the whistle-blower's dog and anyone that has any business with the whistle-blower will be hunted down and destroyed (unless they accept fed bribes to turn on the whistle-blower).

      Donna Busche is noble, but an utter fool. The entire system is designed to suppress, discredit and destroy whistleblowers and erase their story. Bechtel is already salivating at the thought of a few billion more in contracts if everyone starts fretting about Hanford. Never mind that they're corrupt, incompetent and have fueled the current crisis there by foot-dragging. Just keep the lawmakers bribed-up and keep the billions comin' – they'll get around to those leaky tanks when they damn well please.

      At the end of the day, they will be dancing on Donna's grave with new sacks of fresh taxpayer money.


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I've taken the risks associated with known,"suspicious" disasters that befall "whistle-blowers,rabble-rousers & environmental activists" and those they care about who are in danger and/or "guilty by association" to another level recently and for whatever its worth ends up being considered(?)~"THEY"-TPTB,do NOT scare me and I'm proud that "something" I recently brought up regarding "local" nuke industry & DOE/DOD facilities very near my locale has led to someone who knows & respects my intellect enough to actually listen to and more importantly ABSORB what I have to say whenever I'm irked enough to get pissed off and rant about have weighed in with more & more about both their "interdepartmental" memo's and NDA's that I finally figured out a way to expose without pinpointing the source of information that would likely lead to BAD things befalling them "indirectly" in order to discredit and "punish" them for displaying the better of many human qualities (or faults?)-"a conscience and concern for others"! Very recent developments seemingly unrelated leave me convinced that an attack made that coincidentally,"accidentally" have my cancer-stricken wife "stuck" between Medicaid & Medicare which she had portions of BOTH previously,but now a "glitch"(?)has both health care entities refusing to cover over 16 life-saving,daily prescription meds with BOTH claiming she was covered by the other!!!(?) BULLSHIT!!~I'll figure it out myself & STILL type the…


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      cont'd~ things that they go to extremes to keep their victims from knowing or confirming and will use the actions and "mistakes" to further prove just how low they will and have gone to save their foul business!! I'm not afraid of dying and even after now knowing what it feels like to have a large-caliber bullet tear a hole through a nerve-loaded part of my body travelling so hot,so fast that it cauterized the wound channel and muscles/tissue/blood vessels as well as the more painful reality associated with all of the sensitive nerve's found in one's legs and I STILL don't give a flying fk and now know that even after being shot I likely would remain upright on my own power and send my own copper-clad,lead "meteorites" through an assailant's forehead and mid-torso in response if need be! So this post should also serve as a warning 'Don't Tread on Me" unless they want to deal with people well-versed w/weaponry and guerrilla warfare techniques that would follow any personal physical attacks & fair warning of what someone might be capable of if good intentions and activism leads to further victimization & targeting of our loved ones causes the discovery of those we love more than life lying next to us dead upon waking to another of the endless days holding bad news & unplanned for contingencies with death,sickness & injustices as our "driving force" to survive long enough to see those responsible "PAY" for what they've done!NOT "terrorism",but "Vigilante…


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      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        Justice"~I just hope I can manage to keep valuable insider "sources" of info from having them added to the Govt./nuke-puke "shitlist" that "punishes" good people privy to BAD "secrets" emerging despite the best efforts of the scum associated with censoring news & actual status of global threats nuke industry/govt. "insiders" KNOW of and VALIANTLY expose as displayed by the "programming","hypnosis",and duress they are under severe pressure to conform to whatever irresponsible and rotten to the core inhuman "creeps" earn their little US flag lapel pins seen being worn by those who are part of the operation conspiring to intentionally or "accidentally" harming others as part of the expendable,"victims" populace being fatally poisoned & DON'T know it or worse-BELIEVE those we elect are,or would be a party to!(?)
        I will have some damning items to contribute to ENEnews & have a close friend who cares enough about my family & other victims of the greed & incompetent conduct of the people who sign their paychecks that wouldn't put them in harm's way even if they're close to quitting their jobs in the grotesque industry on their own via their own "awakening" to the harsh realities exposed about their benefactors rotten origins & agenda's?! I don't GAF about my own future,lack thereof one,or who pays for the END of nuke BS altogether,but I now understand why my "skills" & fate includes SO MUCH that ____ SHOULD fear the day MY wife's laid to…


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        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          cont's~ rest!(?)!- "IT"-WILL be "ON"!!!>>3-7-77<<<{"MY" "Awakening" began with the 1st MSM intl,news coverage & reports of 2nd largest mega-NPP in the world being hit by the M9 EQ and 50-60ft. Tsunami waves HAMMERING the nuke facility along with so much more destruction & immediate death that I was momentarily more obsessed with the casual mention of complete loss of cooling systems & backup power that allowed them to even get basic gauges & monitor,perhaps even have prevented the explosions that most of us either feel we KNOW or that it's highly probable,even likely inside that well over half the global population is now fated to die of related cancers "inside" via our "gut feelings" after the explosions/ejections,and the massive plumes that ensued dropping FAR beyond the BS projections and broke-down "SadNet" EPA monitoring program which was owned/operated by a Bush Admin. former Chief of Staff with a lucrative US govt. contract as a reward for being obedient brown-nosing,Boot-lick in her own right="Environmental Dimensions LLC" & will be on the deck of playing cards for OUR ENEWSER,anti-nukester pukester crowd since I've already got projects in the works through friends owning a printing/T-shirt,silkscreen shop including playing cards with terrorist/enemies pics,offenses,wanted/rewards like the ones issued for Iraq/Afghanistan!LOL-SERIOUSLY!~SO many names,faces to remember who are guilty of immoral to horrific & unforgiveable acts to answer for!![?] ~…


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