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28. William Lawless

Augusta , Georgia . October 18, 1986. From 1979 to 1983, William Lawless oversaw nuclear waste disposal at the Savannah River Plant for the Department of Energy. He criticized duPont's waste-disposal practices, particularly its use of cardboard boxed to bury wastes contaminated with plutonium and other radioactive materials, and its use of "seepage basins" to dump billions of gallons of contaminated water into the environment. Prevented from releasing his report, Lawless resigned.
"It's a closed system. The secrecy of the Savannah River Plant has made people feel that if they question what's going on, they're traitors. Somehow we've got to get people in there who really care about what's going on."

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