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To Honor Esmond Martin, U.S. Agencies Must Implement Wildlife Whistleblower Programs

Posted in Campaigns, Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
To Honor Esmond Martin, Implement a Wildlife Whistleblower ProgramEsmond Martin, after decades of working undercover investigating the illegal wildlife trade, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home earlier this week. Martin was an extraordinarily intelligent man. An American geographer from New York, Martin published books and extensive reports on Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Laos. But it may have been Martin’s bravery that got him killed.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Beware: Your Work Computer Is Probably Monitored

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, FDA Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Before Blowing the Whistle, Make Sure to Secure Your Tech PrivacyPicture this: while at work you become aware of conduct that you believe is unethical, illegal, or qualifies as government waste, fraud, or abuse. You decide you want to blow the whistle. But before you act, be careful! Most corporate and government networks log traffic. Your work computer and phone are not private. When you use a company or department… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wild leopard in Kruger ParkThe illegal wildlife trade is wiping entire species from our planet, and causing irreparable damage to our biological ecosystems. Despite all of the national and international government regulations and anti-poaching measures by nonprofit groups and other organizations, wildlife trafficking is an incredibly lucrative trade that continues to thrive, valued at $7 – 23 billion per year. If there is any… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Tip Alerts NOAA to Illegally Harvested Atlantic Striped Bass

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Dewey W. Willis Jr. plead guilty to federal charges for the illegal harvest of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters in 2010. It has been illegal to harvest the Atlantic striped bass, also referred to as a “rockfish” or a “striper,” from federal waters since 1990, due to the severe decrease in stock.… Continue Reading

Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental Protection

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental ProtectionWashington, D.C. January 4, 2016. The Environmental Law Reporter published an article that explains how the monetary rewards provisions for whistleblowers in both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. The article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence,” published… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Used to Enforce Environmental Safety Standards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
This past Friday the Houston Chronicle published an important article regarding allegations that DuPont let poisonous gas leak continuously from a plant near New Orleans for three years. The article, “Whistleblower case raises more safety concerns about DuPont,” details a novel approach to enforce environmental standards using the False Claims Act (FCA). The plaintiff in U.S. ex rel Simoneaux v. E.I.… Continue Reading

Recent Department of Labor Decisions

Posted in Department of Labor
The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board is designated to issues final agency decisions under a number of laws, many of which include whistleblower provisions. The following links take you to the most recent decisions of the Office of Administrative Law Judges: April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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