Hanford whistle-blowers to speak at Whitman College tonight

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WALLA WALLA — Two people who have raised red flags over the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility will speak tonight at Whitman College.

Prominent Hanford whistle-blower Walt Tamosaitis and cleanup advocate Liz Mattson will talk about their experiences starting at 7 p.m. at the college’s Maxey Auditorium.

The event is part of the Government Accountability Project’s “American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability.”

Tamosaitis, a former engineer and manager, alleges he was fired from his job after voicing concerns about the safety and design of a multibillion dollar nuclear waste processing plant now being built at Hanford as well as the hostile safety culture.

Mattson is the program coordinator with Hanford Challenge, an organization that works to protect employees of the Hanford facility and educate the public about issues regarding nuclear waste.

The presentation will be moderated by Dana Gold, a GAP senior fellow and the director of the American Whistleblower Tour.

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