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June 6, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Erin Brockovich Takes Stand for Water Dept. Transparency



Flint Michigan Water Tower Environmental advocate Erin Brockovich urges public to demand transparency from water management agencies on local and state levels. Her rallying message follows the Flint Water Crisis and an investigation by The Guardian.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Health and Science

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 2, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

MOX Contractor Slammed for Poor Performance



Photo of a welder working on SRS P Area shield door. Documents FOIA’d and released by Savannah River Site Watch reveal the contractor in charge of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication (MOX) project is not performing at the level needed to successfully complete the project.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 22, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Contractors Paid Billions in Environmental Penalties



POGO graphic showing earth day violations by government contractors The Federal Contractor Misconduct Database reports a total of $38.7 billion paid by contractors in penalties for environmental violations.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 22, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Yet Another Toxic Leak Found at Hanford Nuclear Site



Photo of the top of the storage tanks at Hanford under construction. The Hanford Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility and the world’s largest environmental cleanup project, experienced another high-profile failure over the weekend, drawing our attention to continuing management and oversight problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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