James Bobreski

DC Water Whistleblower
James Bobreski

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 retaliated against and fired for his whistleblowing.

As reported in the Washington Post, the court ruled that he had been unfairly discharged after making protected disclosures to supervisors and then publicly raising his concerns. The judgment ordered the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority to pay Mr. Bobreski damages plus legal fees, and his disclosures led to the removal of the liquid chlorine from the plant.

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