Lawmaker Asks Energy Chief About Hanford Safety Culture

Law360, Washington (November 22, 2011, 8:22 PM EST) -- Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Tuesday expressing concern about potential safety problems and whistleblower retaliation at the Hanford nuclear site’s waste treatment plant in Washington state.

Several senior scientists and safety officials have repeatedly raised concerns about the potential for catastrophic failures of the technologies to be used for the handling of high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford site, as well as about the potential for hydrogen explosions and radioactive releases in the event of a...
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