Legal papers served in Washington July 14 asked Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to investigate “substantial and specific danger to employees or to public health or safety” due to “technical failure and incidents” at the High Explosive Application Facility (HEAF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Anthony T. Rivera, a 28-year veteran of the lab, said he was harassed and fired in October 2013 after reporting the hazards and other violations to lab management. The Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) dragged out his case until March 2015 when it said it would not investigate.
Rivera asks Secretary Munoz to either order reinstatement and compensatory damages or order OHA to conduct an investigation and hearing on the matter. A California administrative judge who conducted a hearing found that lab management gave false reasons for firing Rivera, who the judge said did nothing wrong.
Rivera appealed to the Secretary of Energy pursuant to whistleblower protection provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. Rivera is represented by Attorney Tony Bothwell of San Francisco.