Hanford whistleblower loses appeal

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis regarding his lay-off.

The appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a Benton County judge was correct to dismiss the case because Tamosaitis failed to show he had lost wages or other money as a result of being removed from work on the Hanford vitrification plant.

The Tri-City Herald reported Tamosaitis -- former manager of the plant's research and technology group -- planned to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. His lawsuit is against Hanford contractor Bechtel National.

Bechtel spokesman Todd Nelson said the company is confident that the courts will affirm their previous rulings should Tamosaitis appeal.

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

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