NWC Celebrates Climate Whistleblowers

These are the stories of the whistleblowers who protect our planet

This Earth Day, NWC recognizes the climate and environmental whistleblowers who risk everything to protect our planet's atmosphere, oceans, and ecosystems. These whistleblowers face great personal risk for holding the wrongdoers damaging our planet accountable, finding the courage to speak out on behalf of every living thing on Earth.

Now more than ever, our planet needs climate whislteblowers. Read their stories here.

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Dr. Babak Babakinejad

Babak Babakinejad Ph.D. is the MIT whistleblower who, in his capacity as an MIT Research Scientist and Research Lead at the MIT Media Lab, brought attention to public safety concerns and the lack of scientific integrity in MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative and its Food Computer Project. MIT promoted the Food Computers as cutting-edge […]

James Bobreski

In 1999, James Bobreski, a process control technician contracted at the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater treatment plant, raised concerns about faulty chlorine gas alarms and the unlawful storage of over 100 tons of liquid chlorine. After attempting to notify supervisors and urging them to make the necessary repairs, he was […]

Joseph Carson

Joseph Carson made disclosures to the Department of Energy regarding specific dangers to public health and safety. In many years of trying, including three appeals to the US Supreme Court, Carson’s whistleblower disclosures involving US Office of Special Counsel and US Merit Systems Protection Board remain unresolved, with no determination as to whether he had […]

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo sacrificed her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to speak out against vanadium poisoning in South Africa. She is the author of, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA. NO FEAR tells the story of vanadium miners in South Africa and Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s efforts to protect them. Although she won […]

Vera English

Vera English was a former General Electric (GE) employee who discovered widespread radiation contamination by GE. English was fired in retaliation for reporting the contamination in 1984. Her subsequent Supreme Court case established the right of whistleblowers to pursue cases under state law with the National Whistleblower Center filing an amicus brief in support for her […]

Paul Jayko

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee, Paul Jayko, discovered that public schools in Marion, Ohio were being built on a former Army toxic waste dump site. After investigating the high occurrence of cancer in the area, Jayko concluded there was a “strong potential for human health risk” and recommended that the Ohio EPA immediately conduct […]

Will Kramer

Will Kramer was an occupational health and safety consultant when he documented deeply disturbing conditions and improper handling of hazardous waste at several plants that recondition industrial plastic containers and steel drums. The plants are owned by a publicly traded multinational corporation, Greif Inc. Kramer reported potential health, safety, environmental and securities violations to government […]

Dr. David Lewis

Dr. David Lewis, an internationally renowned microbiologist and former senior research microbiologist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Research & Development, found that the agricultural use of processed sewage sludge promoted by EPA programs was linked to illnesses and deaths, prompting the EPA officials who developed the Agency’s sewage sludge regulations to shut […]

Joe Macktal

In 1988, a journeyman electrician working for Halliburton Brown & Root (HB&R), Joe Macktal, reported serious safety defects at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant. Lawyers at HB&R coerced Macktal into signing “hush money” settlement non-disclosure agreements barring him from reporting his concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In September 1988, Macktal willfully violated […]

William Marcus

Dr. William Marcus, a Senior Science Advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lost his position after he documented that the Office of Drinking Water-approved and EPA-backed practice of adding fluoride to the nation’s drinking water supplies could lead to an increase in cancer rates in 1990. Attorneys working with NWC conducted extensive discovery into […]

Michael McCray, Esq. CPA (inactive)

Michael McCray blew the whistle on $40 million of waste, fraud and abuse during the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He subsequently engaged in judicial reform efforts by filing a judicial complaint that contributed to the early of retirement of disgraced Federal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson (U.S. vs. Microsoft); and he […]

William Sanjour

William Sanjour, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee, was one of the lead whistleblowers in the Reagan Administration EPA scandals and advocated for public access to environmental information. Supported by whistleblower lawyers at the National Whistleblower Center in addition to his attorneys in Sanjour v. EPA, he challenged the rules restricting EPA workers’ right to […]

Jóhannes Stefánsson

Jóhannes Stefánsson is the former Director of Operations in Namibia for Icelandic fishing company Samherji. He worked with anti-corruption authorities and the media to expose a fishing rights bribery scheme in Namibia. Samherji’s CEO was investigated for allegedly approving bribes, estimated at $10 million, to Namibian politicians and companies to illegally obtain offshore fishing rights. […]

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