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Envirocare clarifies its policy on protecting whistle-blowers

Envirocare of Utah employees were notified this week of their rights under revised policy protections for whistle-blowers who report health or safety problems to regulators.

Envirocare president Charles Judd said Friday that the revisions, asked for by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, had met with the approval of the federal agency.He said the acceptance of the hazardous-waste repository's new policy was confirmed in a Monday letter from NRC staffers.

We are pleased the NRC agrees (with Envirocare's policy revisions)," Judd said in a statement. "Safety is of primary concern at Envirocare, and we will go to the lengths necessary to clarify this."

In a January letter to the NRC, Judd stressed that the company "encourages employees to raise and report environmental compliance and nuclear safety concerns."

"Envirocare has never threatened a current or former employee with any kind of retaliatory or other action for advising anyone of such concerns," he wrote.

One of the points the NRC wanted clarified was a policy fining employees $30,000 if the disclose "confidential or proprietary information."

"It's more of a clarification than anything else," Judd said.