An administrative law judge ruled Sept. 1 that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally fired a former supervisor for speaking out about the health and safety dangers at a toxic mine site in Nevada.

The federal judge ordered the BLM to pay Earle Dixon two years worth of back pay and benefits totaling more than $120,000, saying it was clear that “Dixon was fired for his whistleblowing activities” at the former Anaconda copper mine in Yerington, Nev., about 60 miles southeast of Reno.