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Hanford Whistleblower Reacts to Settlement with AECOM

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Tamosaitis said the last five years have been miserable, even battling depression at times. However, he stands firm in his belief and explained his wife helped him through the tough times. Tamosaitis said the last five years have been miserable, even battling depression at times. However, he stands firm in his belief and explained his wife helped him through the tough times.
During Thursdays press conference, Tamosaitis and his lawyers suspected AECOM was quick to settle, because they did not want to deal with the ongoing issue. During Thursdays press conference, Tamosaitis and his lawyers suspected AECOM was quick to settle, because they did not want to deal with the ongoing issue.

RICHLAND, WA- Five years of litigation and almost one year before a jury trial was to start in federal court, Doctor Walter Tamosaitis tells NBC Right Now he is beyond relieved.

Tamosaitis filed a complaint with the Department of Labor under whistleblower protection provisions back in 2010. He hoped his case would be strong enough to not only bring him relief, but create a better environment for past and present engineers on the site.

NBC Right Now received revealing emails during Thursdays meeting that quote some top supervisors with the Department of Energy's Office of River Protection and Waste Treatment Plant saying, "If this shows up in the press, we will be sticking to our previous comment", "deliberate haste will be our approach" and "Walt is killing us".

This comes after an email Tamosaitis wrote regarding his concerns about practice and safety at the plant.

We asked him what he is looking forward to now, "Well I think the short answer is to first wake up again tomorrow and punch myself and know that it's over. I did it today and I want to do it again in two days. I'm an engineer and I want to make sure it's really over, and this isn't a dream," cheerfully explained Tamosaitis.

Tamosaitis said the last five years have been miserable, even battling depression at times. However, he stands firm in his belief and explained his wife helped him through the tough times.

AECOM, who recently purchased URS sent out a statement saying they reached this agreement, "To avoid the cost and distraction of litigation relating to events that occurred over five years ago", "The company strongly disagrees that it retaliated against him in any manner.

During Thursdays press conference, Tamosaitis and his lawyers suspected AECOM was quick to settle, because they did not want to deal with the ongoing issue.

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