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Tri-City Herald (WA): Oregon Judge Throws Out Chemical Weapons Lawsuit

November 06, 2009

By ANNETTE CARY

An Oregon judge has sided with the state of Oregon and the Army, ending a lawsuit by activists who challenged whether incineration was the best way to destroy mustard agent at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

Judge Michael Marcus of the Oregon Circuit Court in Portland signed a summary judgment ruling Thursday. Barring any appeals, his ruling ended the lawsuit filed a year ago by the Government Accountability Project on behalf of the Oregon environmental group GASP, the Oregon Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and others.

Northwest Public Radio: Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot Gets Go-Ahead by Court

November 05, 2009

The Umatilla Chemical Depot got the go ahead today from an Oregon’s Circuit Court judge to incinerate thousands of tons of mustard agent. But as Richland Correspondent Anna King reports, the chemical weapons incinerators won’t fire up immediately.

A watchdog group called the Government Accountability Project wants the U.S. Army to stop incinerating mustard agent. Lawyer Richard Condit claims mercury and other toxic chemicals might be released from the plant in northeast Oregon.

 

Oregonian: Judge Denies Suit to Stop Disposal of Chemical Weapons

November 05, 2009

By MATTHEW PREUSCH

An unidentified worker inspects missiles containing sarin gas in a bunker at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston in this undated file photo. A judge recently rejected a suit to stop the incineration of mustard agent at the site.The U.S. military can continue to dispose of chemical weapons stockpiled in eastern Oregon, a Portland judge has ruled.

 

New York Times: Scientists Return Fire at Climate Skeptics in 'Destroyed Data' Dispute

October 14, 2009

By ROBIN BRAVENDER

Climate scientists are refuting claims that raw data used in critical climate change reports has been destroyed, rendering the reports and policies based on those reports unreliable.

 

Reuters/ABCNews: Prosecution of UBS Informant Seen Backfiring on U.S.

October 09, 2009

By TOM BROWN

The key informant in the U.S. tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG faces prison next year, but his harsher-than-expected treatment by the U.S. Justice Department will undermine efforts to expose secretive offshore tax havens, lawyers and whistle-blower advocates say.

Bradley Birkenfeld, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, has been hailed by his attorneys and prosecutors alike as pivotal to the tax case against UBS , his former employer.

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka): GAP report, PBJ Returns Despite Orchestration of Unlawful Privatization

October 04, 2009

The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a 30-year-old nonprofit public interest group in the US that promotes government and corporate accountability based in Washington D.C, and has published reports on unlawful privatizations in Sri Lanka, this week wrote on the 'shocking decision' handed down on September 24 by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, allowing former Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera to return to public office.

The Capital Times: Prison for Whistleblower Sends Bad Message

September 28, 2009

By Dylan Blaylock, Communications Director of the Government Accountability Project, and Beth Adelson, Communications Fellow of the Government Accountability Project. It has appeared in several media outlets throughout the country, including the Key West News (FL), TruthOut, The Mansfield News Journal (OH), Asheville Citizen-Times (NC), and the Daily Sun News (WA).

Associated Press: Whistleblower Wins Case Over TVA Nuke Firing

September 28, 2009

By JAY REEVES

A painter who was fired after complaining about a potential safety threat at a nuclear power plant in north Alabama won his whistleblower lawsuit against a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor in a decision made public Monday.

A Department of Labor review board sided with James Speegle of Tuscumbia five years after he was dismissed by Stone & Webster Construction Inc. while working at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens.

Corporate Crime Reporter: Whistleblower Advocates Have a Seat at Obama’s Table

September 27, 2009

For the first time in decades, advocates for government whistleblowers have a seat at the White House policy table.

“After 1,000 points of darkness, we now have 1,000 points of light,” Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project told Corporate Crime Reporter last week.

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