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Hanford Whistleblower Presents New Evidence but Loses Appeal

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- A Hanford whistleblower says he has new evidence for the appeal of his 2010 lawsuit against Hanford contractors URS and Bechtel National.

In Benton County court Friday morning, an attorney for Dr. Walter Tamosaitis said URS delayed giving Tamosaitis a performance bonus in 2012 and 2013.

Judge Craig Matheson previously dismissed the lawsuit but Tamosaitis wants to go back to trial.  His attorney claims the doctor suffered monetary damages by not receiving a bonus on time.

"He was removed in 2010, he got a bonus in 2011.  In 2012, they didn't give him a bonus in March as they did everybody else," says Jack Sheridan, the Seattle attorney representing Dr. Tamosaitis.  "But when he asked in April, it's our sense that as a legal strategy they gave him his bonus."

Judge Matheson's successor, Judge Sal Mendoza, did not agree with the claim that Tamosaitis suffered monetary damages and denied his appeal.

The doctor is the former manager of Research and Technology at Hanford's waste treatment plant.  He says managers removed him after he raised safety concerns.

Tamosaitis' attorney says they'll take the case to the court of appeals in Spokane by the end of the year.

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