“(TVA’s) claim it terminated (Wetzel) because she attempted to attack Henderson’s credibility is demonstrably false,” the Labor Department order stated. “Rather, (TVA) terminated (Wetzel) because of the information she provided during (a) chilled work environment investigation, which happened to include her opinions about Henderson.”

Wetzel is the fourth TVA nuclear oversight staffer to claim retaliation for raising safety concerns in the past year.

TVA nuclear oversight managers Melody Babb, Deanna Fultz and Mark Richerson have a pending complaint with the Labor Department. They allege TVA ousted them from their jobs, disbanded an independent whistleblowing program, and publicly humiliated them to intimidate and silence whistleblowers.

TVA said in both internal and public announcements the independent whistleblowing program was ineffective and was being scrapped in favor of a new one in which whistleblowers would take their safety complaints to their bosses.

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