Roger Wensil was America’s first nationally recognized whistleblower at a nuclear weapons facility. Wensil came to prominence after blowing the whistle on illegal drug sales, safety violations, and the systematic quality failures taking place at the DuPont BF Shaw-owned Savannah River Nuclear Weapons Facility that provided weapons-grade plutonium for the U.S. government. After his disclosures, Wensil was removed from his position, exposing the fact that whistleblowers at nuclear plants had no legal protection from retaliation.
Attorneys supported by NWC defended Wensil in court and won the first nuclear weapons whistleblower case. Wensil was also reinstated by the Department of Energy (DOE). His case was the impetus for Congress to enact nuclear weapons whistleblower protection in 1992. To tell Wensil’s story, NWC produced a tribute to the nuclear weapons whistleblower.