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April 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Why is DOE Still Funding Fights against Whistleblowers?



Senator Ed Markey wrote to the Secretary of Energy seeking answers about the Department's practice of reimbursing legal costs incurred by contractors in cases where they committed illegal conduct such as discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

February 9, 2016

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Former Rep. David Hobson: Not Cutting MOX Is My "Biggest Regret"



MOX Facility October 2015 Not only is the MOX facility more than one-thousand percent over cost and years behind schedule, the project lacks even a single U.S. utility customer for its commercial reactor fuel.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 7, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Not Only Foolish, It's Fiscally Irresponsible



Plutonium The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility is over budget, behind schedule, and doesn't have a single customers so why is Congress still funding this billion-dollar boondoggle?

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

September 2, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Can Bechtel Get the Job Done at the Hanford Site?



Hanford Nuclear Site A report leaked to watchdog Hanford Challenge suggests that after 25 years and $19 billion, DOE and Bechtel National Inc may not be any closer to processing radioactive waste at the Hanford Site.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 24, 2015

By Jacob Marx

NNSA: Not Our Fault if Nuclear Weapons Labs Catch Fire



Firefighters Fire Suppression A new report from the Department of Energy says old fire suppressions systems could be putting nuclear weapons facilities at risk of fire or explosion.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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