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WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD SAYS DISCIPLINE POLICY VINDICATED

 WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD SAYS DISCIPLINE POLICY VINDICATED
 RICHLAND, Wash., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Hanford Co.'s Standard of Conduct were supported today as the company reached an agreement with the attorneys of discharged employee John Brodeur, according to the company.
 Brodeur, through his attorneys, said that he accepts Westinghouse Hanford's Standards of Conduct and will abide by them in the future. Brodeur requested reinstatement to his position with Westinghouse Hanford and has accepted a disciplinary suspension without pay from the time of his discharge, Feb. 7, to date of reinstatement. The suspension amounts to a financial penalty to Brodeur of approximately $29,000.
 Brodeur was discharged on Feb. 7 following an investigation into an incident in which he allegedly threatened another Hanford employee with a handgun. The Jan. 31 incident occurred in a parking lot at Brodeur's place of employment.
 Brodeur has claimed that he was fired as a result of his raising concerns about the efficiency of drywell monitoring technology at Hanford. He had been represented by the Government Accountability Project, and his claims have been widely publicized by the news media. Brodeur had appealed a U.S. Department of Labor investigation which found no evidence of discrimination in his discharge by Westinghouse.
 "We feel that our disciplinary policies have been vindicated," said Westinghouse Hanford Co. President Tom Anderson. "Our Standards of Conduct are very important in the safe conduct of our operations. Those who violate them will be disciplined.
 "I am pleased, however, that this matter is behind us. John's penalty to account for his actions has been substantial. Lessons in conduct of behavior have been learned. I expect a positive contribution from John toward our environmental cleanup mission at Hanford."
 Westinghouse will reinstate Brodeur as soon as possible.
 Westinghouse Hanford Co. is the managing and operations contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in southeastern Washington.
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 /CONTACT: Craig Kuhlman of Westinghouse Hanford, 509-376-6826/ CO: Westinghouse Hanford Co. ST: Washington IN: SU: PER


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