Contractor at Hanford Nuclear Waste Project Admits FraudTweet
March 8, 2013
A “key contractor” involved in the construction of a nuclear waste processing plant in Hanford, Wash., admitted to criminal time card fraud, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
The contractor, CH2M Hill, was charging the government for overtime work that was not performed. CH2M Hill agreed in a settlement to pay back the $2 million in profit it earned from the scheme as well as $16.5 million to “resolve its civil liabilities.”
The project is over-budget and years behind schedule, but this latest scandal does not seem to be halting the complex.
From the article:
The problems, however, have not dimmed political support for the project, given the threat that about 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge at the site could eventually leak and reach the nearby Columbia River.
"Even with all the money rupturing out of the Treasury on this project, Congress doesn't care," said Tom Carpenter, executive director of the Hanford Challenge, a watchdog group that has helped expose many of the technical and management problems at the project.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
Image from Hanford.gov.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: Energy and Natural Resources
Authors: Andre Francisco
- February 27, 2015
- February 26, 2015
- February 25, 2015
- February 23, 2015
- February 12, 2015
- January 29, 2015
- January 26, 2015
- January 22, 2015
Browse POGOBlog by Topic
POGO on Facebook
Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers
The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.