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Carolyn DesJardins Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP002530
The Carolyn DesJardins Papers document DesJardin’s whistleblower lawsuit and include correspondence, primarily from Detroit Edison and DesJardin’s lawyer, and materials related to the lawsuit, including a transcript of the trial.

Important Subjects: Energy, power, and environment Nuclear power plants – Environmental aspects—Michigan, Southeastern United States. Dept. of Labor Work environment

Important Names: DesJardins, Carolyn

Dates

  • 1984 - 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 SB)

Abstract

In June 1982 Carolyn DesJardins (formerly Carolyn Larry) began working as a security officer at Detroit Edison’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant located in Newport, Michigan. DesJardins later moved into a staff position where she was responsible for safeguarding security information about the plant’s operation, construction, and equipment. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission enforces rules about the accessibility of the information that DesJardins was protecting. During DesJardin’s tenure, the Fermi 2 Director of Security sent information through the computer system outside of the plant, which was in opposition to the Commission’s rules. Desjardins informed the director of this error, and after continued infringements, DesJardins alerted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, thus becoming a whistleblower. This resulted in her demotion to her previous position of security officer. In response, DesJardins sued to return to her former position. While she won her lawsuit, DesJardins never returned to her position. Instead DesJardins worked as a nuclear security investigator, conducting background checks and investigations.

The Carolyn DesJardins Papers document DesJardin’s whistleblower lawsuit and include correspondence, primarily from Detroit Edison and DesJardin’s lawyer, and materials related to the lawsuit, including a transcript of the trial.

History

In June 1982 Carolyn DesJardins (formerly Carolyn Larry) began working as a security officer at Detroit Edison’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant located in Newport, Michigan. DesJardins later moved into a staff position where she was responsible for safeguarding security information about the plant’s operation, construction, and equipment. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission enforces rules about the accessibility of the information that DesJardins was protecting. During DesJardin’s tenure, the Fermi 2 Director of Security sent information through the computer system outside of the plant, which was in opposition to the Commission’s rules. Desjardins informed the director of this error, and after continued infringements, DesJardins alerted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, thus becoming a whistleblower. This resulted in her demotion to her previous position of security officer. In response, DesJardins sued to return to her former position. While she won her lawsuit, DesJardins never returned to her position. Instead DesJardins worked as a nuclear security investigator, conducting background checks and investigations.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The Carolyn DesJardins Papers were donated by Carolyn DesJardins on June 16, 2014.

Related Materials

Labor Committee for Safe Energy and Full Employment Records, Thomas W. Stephens Papers, and Urban Environment Conference (UEC) Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Alexandra A. A. Orchard on December 3, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Carolyn DesJardins Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Alexandra A. A. Orchard.
Date
2014-12-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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