RICHLAND, WA - A nuclear safety manager at Hanford has filed a new complaint saying she has suffered retaliation since filing her original complaint in 2011.
Donna Busche filed her new complaint Monday, accusing her employer, URS Energy and Construction, Inc. and Bechtel National, Inc. of retaliation. She filed the new complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Busche says she has experienced continued harassment, isolation, exclusion, and unwarranted criticism as she tries to ensure that cleanup efforts at Hanford are completed safely.
In a statement Monday, Bechtel National said it "has reviewed Ms. Busche's new complaint and, as with her original complaint, has found no merit in it."
A URS spokesperson reached out to NBC Right Now on Tuesday with this statement, "URS
encourages its employees to raise any concerns about safety – which is the
company's highest priority – and has an excellent track record of safely
operating numerous nuclear facilities across the country. The company
investigates and addresses all safety concerns that are raised. We fully
support Ms. Busche's right to raise safety concerns and to express her personal
views about her employment, but we do not agree with her assertion that she
suffered retaliation. Ms. Busche's complaint contains numerous factual
allegations and legal conclusions that will not withstand scrutiny. We look
forward to the Department of Labor's investigation and the opportunity to
correct these errors. We are confident that the evidence will demonstrate that
URS and its managers acted appropriately and in full compliance with the law in
all their dealings with Ms. Busche."
Busche works at the Vitrification Plant construction site, a facility intended to turn Hanford's radioactive wastes into a glasslike substance.