Grassley Blasts Ill. Use Of DOE Weatherization Funds

Law360, New York (October 21, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, buoyed by $5 billion in stimulus bill funding, is being spent on shoddy construction projects in Illinois that could pose a safety threat to residents whose homes are being winterized, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, claims.

In a letter Tuesday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Grassley cited an Oct. 14 audit report by the DOE inspector general that found significant substandard performance in areas of workmanship, initial home assessments and contractor billing for labor costs, and determined that the...
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