Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Whistleblower Fired For Warning of Mine Contamination

Poor fool. Doesn't he know worker and environmental protection lost the election. What was he thinking?
RENO, Nev. -- A former project manager for a contaminated mine site said Wednesday he was fired for refusing to keep silent about dangers posed by radioactive and other toxic wastes at the site.

In a federal whistleblower complaint seeking more than $1 million in damages, Earle Dixon said he was fired by the Bureau of Land Management in October in retaliation for his aggressive research and public comment on the health and safety risks to workers and residents near the former Anaconda copper mine bordering Yerington, an agricultural town in northern Nevada.

A copy of the administrative complaint obtained by The Associated Press said Dixon refused to go along with repeated attempts by BLM management and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to downplay the issues.