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Improved Contractor Oversight Still Needed at Hanford, DOE IG Says
The Department of Energy could be at risk of millions of dollars of additional unnecessary costs at the Hanford Site in Washington state if it does not improve its oversight at the massive nuclear cleanup project, the agency’s inspector general said in a report this week. The Office of Inspector General released a summary of seven years of findings about Hanford to highlight the issue. The report recapped 38 investigations and 24 audits and inspections at the former plutonium-production facility between fiscal years 2012 and 2018. "The Hanford Site has been plagued with mismanagement, poor internal controls, and fraudulent activities, resulting in monetary impacts totaling hundreds of millions of dollars…
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AECOM Bullish on DOE Cleanup Business
International infrastructure company AECOM expects to be in the running for perhaps a half-dozen contracts from the Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management in the next couple years. AECOM Chief Financial Officer Troy Rudd made the observation Monday during the…
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While Simpson is Easy Victor, He Loses Subcommittee Chair to Dems
While Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) easily won re-election Tuesday, his ability to influence the money flow to the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory, and federal nuclear cleanup operations as a whole, appears to be on the decline. Simpson took more…
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Election Could Give Yucca Mountain a Boost
The electoral defeat this week of Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) could remove one major political obstacle to funding and other legislative measures that would advance the long-awaited Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) took slightly…
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Dems’ House Victory Paints Target on Nuclear Modernization and Low-Yield Warhead
Democrats this week won control of the House of Representatives, and the aspirant chair of the House Armed Services Committee said they plan to go after nuclear weapons when the 116th Congress convenes in January. In the cross hairs: the 30-year…
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