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Wyden Slams DOE for Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars at Hanford Nuclear Site

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

 

Today, Senator Ron Wyden, (D- Ore.), demanded an investigation into contracting practices at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford nuclear site in Washington State. Internal documents show millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on incomplete work at the site. 

He criticized the DOE for its lack of oversight, citing an internal report from Bechtel National, Inc., on January 9, 2015, that shows that about $277 million of taxpayer money has been spent on work orders that have not been completed at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant.

The report also shows that approximately $5.3 million a year is spent to keep the contracts in place for just one portion of the plant known as the Pretreatment Plant. The Waste Treatment Plant is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, and work on the Pretreatment Plant has been halted since 2012 because of unresolved design and construction problems, according to Wyden's office. 

In a letter today, Wyden asked the DOE Inspector General Greg Friedman to investigate Bechtel’s activities at the Hanford site and what role the DOE played in potential mismanagement of taxpayer funds.

“The DOE has been mismanaging the cleanup at Hanford for three decades,” said Wyden. “I am outraged that the Department claims it doesn’t have enough money to clean up Hanford yet allows such an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers deserve to know how their money has been spent and the citizens of the Pacific Northwest deserve to have this place cleaned up.”

Wyden has repeatedly called on the Department of Energy to improve oversight and safety practices at Hanford, starting with a law he wrote more than 20 years ago that required the DOE to monitor risks of leaks from single-shelled storage tanks, according to Wyden's office. 

 

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Jasper Wood Products LLC, Jasper

Total Penalty Amount: $21,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $9,600

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#19

RSC Dairy LLC, Tillamook

Total Penalty Amount: $24,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $12,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#18

Oak Lodge Sanitary District, Milwaukie

Total Penalty Amount: $27,250

Latest Penalty Amount: $6,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 

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Forrest Paint Co., Eugene 

Total Penalty Amount: $29,400

Latest Penalty Amount: $3,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 1

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#16

East Side Plating Inc. Plants, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $3,222

Latest Penalty Amount: $19,800

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

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#15

Darigold, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $42,496

Latest Penalty Amount: $42,496

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#14

Owens-Brockway Glass, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $43,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $8,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 11

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#13

Oregon Door Inc., Dillard

Total Penalty Amount: $50,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $50,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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#12

Export Global Metals,  Hillsboro

Total Penalty Amount: $51,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $17,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#11

Crop Production Services, Tangent

Total Penalty Amount: $55,100

Latest Penalty Amount: $50,100

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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Kanto Corporation, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $58,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $58,200

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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Cascade Plating & Machine, Eugene

Total Penalty Amount: $61,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $20,400

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

  

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#8

Gunderson Inc., Portland 

Total Penalty Amount: $66,222

Latest Penalty Amount: $8,800

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

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U.S. Army Umatillla Chemical Depot, Hermiston 

Total Penalty Amount: $89,840

Latest Penalty Amount: $5,600

Quarter Out of Compliance: 3

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RSG Forest Products, Molalla

Total Penalty Amount: $108,400

Latest Penalty Amount: $108,400

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#5

Johnson Crushers International, Eugene

Total Penalty Amount: $174,778

Latest Penalty Amount: $147,778

Quarter Out of Compliance:

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Jeld-Wen, Klamath Falls

Total Penalty Amount: $$231,640

Latest Penalty Amount: $120,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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Ash Grove Cement Co., Durkee

Total Penalty Amount: $398,279

Latest Penalty Amount: $398,279

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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TDY Industries Inc., Albany 

Total Penalty Amount: $825,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $825,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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ATI Allvac Albany Operations, Albany 

Total Penalty Amount: $2,475,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $825,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 9

 
 

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