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Contractor at Hanford Nuclear Waste Project Admits Fraud

Hanford Nuclear Waste Complex

The nuclear waste processing facility near Hanford, Wash.

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.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

Related Content: Contractor Accountability, Energy & Environment, Federal Contractor Misconduct, Waste

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