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Energy Department Watchdog Critical of Nuclear-Waste Plant Contractor

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Workers demolish a decommissioned nuclear reactor at Hanford, Wash., the Western Hemisphere's most contaminated nuclear site. The site will now house a nuclear-waste-treatment facility.(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Department of Energy Inspector General's Office released an audit report criticizing government contractor and construction behemoth Bechtel for not subjecting materials and equipment used in the construction of a $12.2 billion nuclear-waste treatment plant in Hanford, Wash., to proper quality inspections, The Washington Post reports.

The report also faults the Energy Department, which is supervising the project set to be built on a federally owned former nuclear-weapons site, for a lack of oversight.

 

According to the report, "Bechtel approved design changes to equipment without obtaining the required safety review to determine the impact of changes on the safety of the facility. Additionally, Bechtel did not properly verify that deviations from designs made by suppliers conformed to design requirements."

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