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Ry Cooder writes song for Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
Singer-Songwriter Ry Cooder has written and recorded a song honoring environmental whistleblower Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.  Called "Kool-Aid," the song is featured in Cooder’s new album, "Election Special." Cooder (pictured in this photo by Dani Canto) felt inspired to write this song after hearing Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s interview on the Smiley & West show. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo sacrificed her career at the U.S. … Continue Reading

Evans wins remand from ARB

Posted in Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers
My client, Doug Evans, just won a remand from the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB). In a rare en banc decision, all five ARB judges joined in holding that Iqbal and Twombly do not apply to OSHA whistleblower complaints. Thus, the ARB’s 2010 decision in Evans’ case is finally overruled.  The ARB also made clear that Evans’ decision … Continue Reading

NO FEAR award receivers include Richard Renner

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Images
On May 22, 2012, the No FEAR Coalition honored three whistleblowers and our own Richard Renner, who serves as the Legal Director and Secretary of the National Whistleblowers Center. The award for Renner recognized his advocacy for whistleblowers and his pro bono work. Appropriately the awards ceremony was held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Renner, who has … Continue Reading

Occupy EPA protest planned for March 30

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Occupy EPA is marching again. On Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12 noon, they will march from Franklin Square Park (13th & I Sts NW in Washington, DC) to the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (12th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Federal Triangle, Washington DC). There, at 1:00 pm, they will lead a rally with EPA whistleblowers, Dr. Marsha … Continue Reading

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo on C-SPAN this weekend

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events
You can catch Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library on C-Span/Book TV starting tomorrow. Called No FEAR: A Whistleblowers Triumph, the lecture draws on her book, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  You can read our coverage of her book signing here. C-SPAN will air Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture: Saturday, January 21st at 9:15am (ET) … Continue Reading

Honest Appalachia launches whistleblower site

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
On-line activists in West Virginia have launched a whistleblower web site called Honest Appalachia.  It provides a means for whistleblowers to upload documents for public disclosure. The project’s lead developer, Garrett Robinson, told WFPL that the objective is to help local journalists get information about local issues that can help them make more useful reports about Appalachian issues. The project … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Handbook, Second Edition, is released today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Publications and Resources, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
The NWC is proud to announce the release of the second edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. This second edition includes a new 20–page checklist on the procedures for obtaining Dodd-Frank Act rewards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The checklist covers the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on … Continue Reading

Occupy DC Occupies EPA

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Activists from Occupy Washington DC on Freedom Plaza marched to the headquarters of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday. Billed as "Occupy EPA," the event called on the EPA to do its job to protect Americans from toxic pollution. The march had a decidedly pro-whistleblower theme as we marched from Freedom Plaza to EPA headquarters. Led by Dr. Margaret … Continue Reading

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo celebrates her NO FEAR book

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, Government Whistleblowers, Images
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (pictured with Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy) celebrated the release of her new book at Busboys and Poets last night. Her book is called, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  The event began with a short documentary film produced and directed by Tylon Washington and Shawna Glover. The film began with interviews in … Continue Reading

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo speaks in NO FEAR

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News
No Fear: A Whistleblowers Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA is a new book by environmental whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (pictured, with EPA whistleblowers David Lewis and Bill Sanjour). In 1996, Dr. Coleman-Adebayo was a senior policy analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was assigned to an international team to assist the new democratic government of South … Continue Reading

Environmental whistleblowers’ options while waiting for the gold standard

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Legislation
My colleague, Lindsey Williams, is today’s guest blogger on Bridge the Gulf.  Bridge the Gulf is a citizen journalism project dedicated to saving communities on the Gulf Coast. Today, Lindsey is marking the one-year anniversary of the day the Deepwater Horizon oil well was finally capped.  Yet, the rights of environmental whistleblowers have not budged an inch toward encouraging employees … Continue Reading

Joe Davidson calls EPA’s OCR “a disaster area”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Joe Davidson says, "If the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights were a chunk of ground, it would be declared a disaster area." Mr. Davidson recounts the findings made by Deloitte Consulting in a report released last month. He also noted the call made by the National Whistleblowers Center to oust OCR’s director, Rafael … Continue Reading

More media cover NWC’s call for new leadership at EPA’s OCR

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News
Our call to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oust her newly appointed director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is gaining new media attention. Today, the Black Agenda Report ran an article I wrote about the civil rights problems at EPA. This article is also now linked by the Coalition for Change. … Continue Reading

EPA tells POLITICO it will investigate DeLeon

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News
POLITICO reporter Robin Bravender released a story on Friday saying that EPA spokesperson Brendan Gilfillan promised that EPA would "look into" the allegations of the open letter the National Whistleblowers Center released last week. Gilfillan told Bravender that Jackson is “deeply committed to issues of environmental justice, civil rights and a healthy workplace for all.” NWC’s open letter alleges that … Continue Reading

NWC calls on EPA to oust Civil Rights Director

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
Today I am writing to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and asking her to remove Mr. Rafael DeLeon, the Director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Last month, Deloitte Consulting issued a report on OCR finding that it is essentially dysfunctional. It fails in its core responsibility of protecting civil rights. Moreover, since … Continue Reading

OIG: 25% of U.S. Nuclear Plants Fail to Report Safety Defects

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
It’s been two weeks since Japan was struck by a horrific earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami. Since then, workers have been struggling to prevent or contain radiation leaks, explosions, fires, and power outages at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This tragedy has thrust the issue of nuclear safety into the forefront of American consciousness and debate. With 104 … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers speak in The Big Uneasy

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
The Big Uneasy is a new feature documentary movie by Harry Shearer. It responds to those (including President Obama) who say that New Orleans was the victim of a terrible natural disaster. That response:  No. New Orleans could have handled Hurricane Katrina if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had not wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in projects that … Continue Reading

DOL issues new final rules for environmental whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers
The U.S. Department of Labor has finally issued its responses to comments submitted in 2007 about its interim regulations for nuclear and environmental whistleblowers. Codified at 29 CFR Part 24, these regulations have been trendsetters for regulations affecting other whistleblower statutes. The Department had issued interim regulations in 2007, and received a variety of comments, including comments made by the … Continue Reading

Amicus briefs address OSHA complaints and protected activity

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
My colleague, Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center) and I spent New Year’s Eve racing the clock to file two friend-of-the-court "amicus" briefs with the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB). Last November, the ARB issued an invitation to file amicus briefs to address a series of questions about the requirements for valid whistleblower complaints. … Continue Reading

UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity Loses

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
My client Dr. David Lewis has written an essay about a disappointing outcome of his qui tam whistleblower lawsuit. It is called "UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity Loses." If you want to read more, I recommend another piece he wrote called, "EPA Fired Oil-Degradation Expert Concerned about Deepwater Oil Rigs: The Iron Horse of Science." Here is "UGA Wins, Scientific Integrity … Continue Reading

Remembering Beth Daley

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Beth Daley was a champion for environmental whistleblowers, and a passionate advocate for government oversight.  She is particularly remembered for her work holding oil companies accountable for their environmental compliance and honesty in government contracts. As a strategist for whistleblower legislation and media work, she was a worthy colleague in the coalition that seeks to make life better for whistleblowers. … Continue Reading

Dr. David Lewis’ story of the Iron Horse of Science

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
My client Dr. David Lewis has written a story about his experience blowing the whistle at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is called, "EPA Fired Oil-Degradation Expert Concerned about Deepwater Oil Rigs: The Iron Horse of Science." It appears in the current issue of the monthly Pennsylvania publication The Order of the Earth. Click on September issue, and … Continue Reading

ARB protects duty speech, but not investigating duties

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers
The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) has released eleven (11) decisions issued in July, four (4) of which address substantive law.  That is down from seven (7) substantive decisions issued in July 2009. At this rate, it will be difficult for the ARB to bring its backlog down below two years anytime soon. In Vinnett v. Mitsubishi Power … Continue Reading