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May 18, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Contractor Gets Slap on the Wrist for Nuke Bomb Mix-up



B61 Bomb Rack The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) slammed the contractor managing two nuclear facilities, the Pantex Site and the Y-12 National Security Complex, in its annual review citing, among other things, a mistake with production of the B61-12 nuc

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Topics: National Security

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

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

March 28, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Persistent Deficiencies in Compensation for Nuclear Workers



NNSA Nuclear Dismantlement A recent GAO report highlights progress, but also problems, in the implementation of a program that compensates workers who became sick as a result of producing and testing nuclear weapons.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 9, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Radioactive Pork Finally on the Chopping Block



MOX Savannah River Site Aerial An internal memo obtained by the Project On Government Oversight shows that the Department of Energy is shifting focus away from the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX).

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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