US Finds Poor Safety Culture At Wash. Nuclear Site

Law360, New York (June 14, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT) -- A federal oversight board released a report Monday blasting the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor Bechtel National Inc. for discouraging employees from raising safety concerns at the construction site of a $12.2 billion nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said it had uncovered major problems with the safety culture at the Hanford nuclear reservation project site in south-central Washington, where Bechtel is building what will become the world's largest planned radioactive waste treatment plant once completed in 2016....
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