Judge dismisses Hanford whistleblower lawsuit

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Hanford nuclear reservation worker who claimed a contractor there wanted him off the job for raising safety concerns about a nuclear waste treatment plant.

Bechtel National argued that the case should not go to trial because Walter Tamosaitis could not show the company improperly interfered with his job at subcontractor URS.

Benton County Superior Court Judge Craig Matheson agreed and dropped the case Monday. An attorney for Tamosaitis told The Tri-City Herald (http://bit.ly/yMVM5Z ) he would appeal.

The ruling does not affect a second case filed by Tamosaitis in U.S. District Court against URS and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Energy Department manages cleanup at Hanford, where the plant is scheduled to begin treating highly radioactive waste in 2019.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com