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Justice accuses Hanford landlord of overbilling while letting fire protection tasks slide
The federal prosecutor for Eastern Washington state filed a complaint in federal district court accusing the Department of Energy’s landlord contractor for the Hanford Site of fraudulently padding labor charges for fire safety by millions of dollars. The case against Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS), a joint venture of Leidos, Centerra and Parsons, was announced in a Wednesday press release  by Vanessa Waldref, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. The case followed False Claims Act allegations by whistleblower Bradley Keever, a sprinkler fitter in the fire protection group at HMIS.  “HMIS not only fraudulently charged DOE for tens of thousands of hours … but just as critically did…
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Post-accident work resuming on WIPP utility shaft, safety consultant hired
A stop work order, issued after a tool basket fell about 2,150 feet down the utility shaft at the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, was lifted last month, according to a recent safety watchdog report.…
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The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, offline since September, should start heating up next month and resume treating sodium-bearing radioactive waste in March, an agency spokesperson said Tuesday. The extended outage at the…
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Industry will wait at least until May before seeing the rationale Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff used to justify parts of a coming rule to expand disposal options for Greater-Than-Class-C radioactive waste, officials said Tuesday in an online public meeting. The…
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Kansas City campus marks 75 years since taking over nuke component manufacturing mission
The Kansas City National Security Campus in Missouri, which manufactures most of the non-nuclear components of U.S. nuclear weapons celebrates its diamond anniversary next month. Initially dedicated by then-Senator Harry Truman in 1942, what began as a Pratt & Whitney…
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