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October 17, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

Senator Stands Up for Nuclear Whistleblower



Sen. Ed Markey Senator Ed Markey sent a letter to Earnest Moniz, Secretary of the Department of Energy, defending the rights of whistleblowers who faced retribution for reporting “severe safety and management challenges at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant.”

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste



UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

October 11, 2013

By Andre Francisco

90 Seconds on Waste at the Dept. of Energy



Lydia UPF Screen Don’t have time to read our in-depth report on the problems at the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF)? No problem. POGO’s Lydia Dennett is ready to give you the key facts of the report and an anecdote that will make your head spin in this 90-second video.

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Topics: National Security

October 2, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Mismanagement at Livermore Lab



Aerial Photograph of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab A San Francisco Chronicle article highlights the problems with Department of Energy contractor management at nuclear labs, particularly the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 25, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

The Uranium Processing Fiasco



UPF The Energy Department and National Nuclear Security Administration have birthed another boondoggle—a Uranium Processing Facility projected to run billions of dollars over budget and 20 years behind schedule. It’s long past time to see if there isn’t a bett

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Topics: National Security

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