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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:09 AM
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Seattle whistleblower pays steep price
Ron Slater lost his job, health and his 'justice' in court

By ROBERT McCLURE
P-I REPORTER

After decades in the construction trade, Ron Slater had finally moved up. Management. A company truck. A healthy salary. Life was good.

But then Slater and his crew began to suffer mysterious nosebleeds, headaches and fatigue as they unearthed spots on a construction site with rainbow-hued water, metal shavings and a powerful industrial stench.

Soon, one of his workers passed out mysteriously and had to be taken to the hospital.

Slater began to have deep doubts about his superiors at Morrison Knudsen Corp. when they had his crew drain contaminated water off Harbor Island, a Superfund site, into the Duwamish River.

Morrison Knudsen, one of the largest and best-known construction firms in the world, was clearing the decades-old industrial property owned by the Port of Seattle.

Slater's breaking point came when a bulldozer ruptured an underground tank of diesel fuel. Slater called on the radio asking for help -- only to have the project's safety officer speed over in his truck and bark, "How many ... times have I got to tell you -- don't get on the radio talking about fuel spills or calling 911."

"After a number of these confrontations over testing, over contaminated waste ... it was clear that if I didn't get along and go along, I was going to be going down the highway," Slater said.

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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/duwamish/341388_...
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:18 AM
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1. Americas problems go very deep
this go along to get along attitude is killing our country
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