|James J. Bobreski|
James J. Bobreski was working as a contractor at the Blue Plains treatment plant in 1999 when he raised concerns about faulty chlorine gas alarms and the storage of over 100 tons of liquid chlorine unlawfully. Bobreski's disclosures led to the removal of the liquid chlorine from the plant.
James Bobreski was a process control technician who served as a contractor who was on assignment at the Washington D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.
Shortly after working there he saw the most disturbing culture of turning off alarms that detect the leakage of chlorine gas. This was done so the workers and their supervisor would not have to answer to the leaks of chlorine gas from debilitated tanker cars and rusty pipes were common. Alarms also went off frequently due to faulty maintenance so they were suppressed as a result of this. These were declared nuisance alarms by the plant employees. After several weeks of trying to get the supervision of the Authority to make the necessary repairs he submitted a report on the failed operations which would be his last.
Mr. Bobreski would like to point out it was a “nuisance” alarm that was ignored on the BP platform that left 11 workers dead and of course we know the rest. Mr. Bobreski has observed the culture of the regulatory bodies whose functioning practice is somewhat different from the mission statement of that agency. He is aware of the double standards of these agencies that tend to provide stern enforcement against trivial and otherwise innocuous violations of the regulations in particular against mom and pop businesses. On the other hand, they turn a blind eye to serious and consequential violations while extolling the virtues of the well endowed and connected violator's prior due diligence. Mr. Bobreski won his case and is active against hydro-fracking and a proponent of alternate energy.