DOE Whistleblower Investigation Snared By Privilege Dispute

Law360, New York (October 21, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT) -- The Department of Energy's inspector general has said the agency cannot adequately investigate claims of whistleblower retaliation against a Bechtel National subcontract employee who voiced safety concerns about the Hanford nuclear waste treatment plan, saying claims of attorney-client privilege limited its access to relevant documents. 

The DOE began investigating the termination of Donna Busche, who was employed by Bechtel subcontractor URS Energy and Construction Inc., in March. URS worked under Bechtel's multi-billion-dollar contract to design a Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at the DOE's Hanford Washington...
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