Brett Blume @brettblumekmoxBy Brett Blume

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMOX) – Senator Claire McCaskill says those who step forward with critical safety concerns should not have to worry about retaliation.

According to McCaskill, whistle-blowers are a critical aspect of government accountability, citing the case of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in Washington state where safety concerns were raised about how radio-active plutonium is being processed.

“They’re whistle-blowers who are indicating that safety concerns are not being met at that facility,” she says. “Two of the major whistle-blowers who are high-ranking people in the company have been fired in the past six months.”

McCaskill hosted a hearing this week on her measure seeking stronger protections for federal whistle-blowers.

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