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Hanford Whistleblower Case Goes Before Federal Court In Seattle via Oregon Public Broadcasting

Nuclear engineer Walt Tamosaitis says he was removed from his position because he brought up safety concerns.

Now a three-judge appeals court panel is considering the case of the well-known Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower. Oral arguments happened Thursday.

Tamosaitis argues that he was pressured, demoted and then let go by his employer, a Hanford contractor called URS. This, after he questioned the safety of a massive factory being built to treat nuclear waste at the Hanford site.

In a full courtroom in downtown Seattle, lawyers argued back and forth over the technicalities of the case.

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