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CNS pays $18.4M to settle allegations of nearly six years of timecard fraud at Pantex
Consolidated Nuclear Security paid $18.4 million to settle allegations of timecard fraud at the Pantex Plant that date back to the company’s takeover of the facility, the Department of Justice said this week. “[B]etween July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2020, [Consolidated Nuclear Security] knowingly submitted false claims to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for time not worked at NNSA’s Pantex Site near Amarillo, Texas,” the Department of Justice wrote in a press release published Tuesday. CNS, in an unsolicited statement emailed to media Tuesday evening, said it “agreed to repay the government” for the overcharging, which the company reported to the government in 2019. A CNS spokesperson on…
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The local government of South Bruce, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday voted to let its citizens decide this fall whether they want to host a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste. The seven-member South Bruce council voted in support of the…
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Holtec to discuss quality assurance plan for Palisades restart with NRC next week
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host a virtual public meeting on April 29 to hear about Holtec International’s quality assurance plan for the planned restart of the Palisades Nuclear Generating Station in Michigan. Holtec will submit the plan after the…
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NNSA formalizes dilute and dispose plan, says delay likely, but will get plutonium out of S.C.
The National Nuclear Security Administration will meet legal obligations to remove plutonium from South Carolina even though it delayed a facility critical to breaking down old plutonium pits, the agency said Friday. The agency made the declaration in a record…
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