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‘Nuclear Cleanup Awards Questioned: Firms Cited for Errors Get Funding’

Washington Post "found that companies that were cited for past errors are now in line for lucrative nuclear clean-up projects funded by stimulus money."

"Nuclear Cleanup Awards Questioned:Firms Cited for Errors Get Funding"

A private company was being paid $300 million by the federal government to clean up radioactive waste at two abandoned Cold War plants in Tennessee when an ironworker crashed through a rotted floor. That prompted a major safety review, which ended up forcing work to an abrupt halt, and the project was shut down for months. The delay and a host of other problems caused cost estimates to rise, eventually hitting $781 million.

Now, President Obama’s stimulus package is opening a bountiful stream of new funding, and the same contractor, Bechtel Jacobs, is slated to get $118 million to help complete the job. […]

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