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 Feds order nuke tech firm to pay whistleblower
Triconex, a division of London-based Invensys, aims to dominate the multibillion-dollar global market for nuclear power safety instrumentation technology.
The Miami Herald reported on page one of its Aug. 11 Business
“The company was also ordered to delete notations in his employment file that he had been fired for ‘unsatisfactory performance.’
“Robinson’s attorney, Tony Bothwell, said the engineer
is continuing a civil case in Santa Ana, Calif., seeking $15 million
in general and punitive damages against Invensys and three of its managers.”
 Minneapolis trial exposes Montana pollution
“CHS executives, Bothwell said, showed indifference to Montana and federal air pollution regulations. ‘Corporate greed clouded their judgment,’ he said. ‘They made over $200 million profit last year. Cenex executives, like tobacco executives, thought they could disregard public health, retaliate against the whistleblower and figure the consequences are just the cost of doing business.’
“CHS management officials testified during the trial they did not know that sulfur dioxide affects human health, according to trial transcripts.” The firm is based in St. Paul, Minn.
The Gazette quoted Sims as saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “betrayed” him by terminating its criminal investigation of the matter without referring it to the U.S. Department of Justice. “The EPA ultimately settled violations…with a civil consent decree,” the newspaper said. “The EPA’s settlement with CHS required the company to pay a $171,875 civil penalty and to do a number of projects to reduce pollution…. CHS officials testified in June that the cost of implementing the settlement was between $10 million to $15 million.”
Sims testified in the June 21-25 trial in Minneapolis – and another witness corroborated – that, when Sims discovered evidence of intentional violation of SO2 limits, his supervisor told him to “blow it off.” The supervisor testified that he told Sims to “not…God damn go there.” Sims was forced out of his job after he refused to go along with the coverup.
The Billings newspaper reported that Lani Jordan, CHS corporate communications director, said “CHS denies Sims’ allegations.” However, at trial, CHS executives contradicted each other regarding whether the refinery exceeded sulfur permit limits. CHS lawyers denied management intended to retaliate, but they presented no evidence to dispute Sims’ damage claims.
 Potential hazard lingers in Napa drinking
By using excessive amounts of the wrong chemicals, the City of Napa
wastes about $600,000 yearly, according to Ramadan’s testimony.
Ramadan said his determination of proper additives has been overruled
for the past three years by a manager. In a deposition on Aug. 24, that
manager conceded that he has no license or expertise in water treatment.
Ramadan has a master’s degree and 32 years experience in civil
engineering, is fully licensed and an internationally-known water treatment
The management official, in his deposition on Aug. 24, conceded that
contamination of water supplied to customers in October 2003 “exceeded”
regulatory limits, and that records show plant “alarms were on”
when customers complained of “bad water” causing headaches
and sickness. The official testified that a customer complained that
“the water smells like a sewer and tastes bad.” He admitted
that Napa’s water plants “were in disarray, not operating
effectively, needed to be cleaned up,” and caused “considerable
complaints” about “taste, odor, brownish-green water”
before Ramadan was hired by the City in 1993. Ramadan “did an
excellent job of turning that around,” the manager testified.
 Danish Queen gets appeal for Earl of Bothwell
 Business Law course offered at JFK University
ANTHONY P. X. (TONY) BOTHWELL, Esq. – Member, the Bar of the
U.S. Supreme Court, the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of California, The State Bar of California, American Bar Assn.
(2003 delegate to the International Court of Justice, The Hague), Southern
Poverty Law Center (Leadership Council), National Lawyers Guild, International
Bar Association. Qualified expert, lawyers' standard of care (Los Angeles
County Superior Court). U.S. Holocaust Museum (Circle of Life); Human
Rights Conflict Prevention Centre (Advisory Committee, Bosnia and Herzegovina);
Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf (President-Elect). Georgetown Univ.
School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., International Affairs; Boston Univ.
School of Public Communication, M.S., Journalism; John F. Kennedy Univ.
School of Law, J.D.; Golden Gate Univ. School of Law, LL.M. summa cum
laude, International Legal Studies. Professor, John F. Kennedy Univ.
schools of Law, Management, Liberal Arts, and Psychology. Who’s
Who in the Law; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World. Descendent
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ANTHONY P. X. (TONY) BOTHWELL,
Esq. – Member,
the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Bar of the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of California, The State Bar of California,
American Bar Assn. (2003 delegate to the International Court of Justice,
The Hague), National Lawyers Guild, International Bar Association,
Southern Poverty Law Center (Leadership Council). Qualified
expert, lawyers' standard of care (Los Angeles County Superior Court).
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