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TBH-0007 - In the Matter of Gary S. Vander Boegh

This Initial Agency Decision involves a whistleblower complaint filed by Mr. Gary S. Vander Boegh (also referred to as the Complainant) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. Mr. Vander Boegh holds the position of Landfill Manager at the C-746-U Landfill for the DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (the “Paducah Plant”) located outside of Paducah, Kentucky. He is an employee of WESKEM, LLC (WESKEM), a subcontractor for Bechtel Jacobs Company, LLC (BJC). BJC is the management and integration (M&I) contractor for the Paducah Plant, and WESKEM is the subcontractor charged with operating the C-746-U Landfill. In his complaint, Mr. Vander Boegh contends that reprisals were taken against him after he made certain disclosures of safety violations to officials of WESKEM, BJC and the DOE. Mr. Vander Boegh contends that WESKEM and BJC retaliated against him in response to these disclosures.