"Sen. Wyden Presses Energy Secretary on Hanford Nuke Site Risks"

"A senior Democrat wants the Energy Department (DOE) to explain how it will address problems described in a new inspector general report that criticizes DOE’s oversight of a major nuclear waste treatment plant that’s under construction in Washington State."

"Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in a letter Thursday, presses Energy Secretary Moniz to describe how he will tackle longstanding problems at the Hanford nuclear site.

The DOE’s inspector general, in a new report, said engineering and construction giant Bechtel has failed to ensure the safety of equipment manufactured for the $12.2 billion nuclear waste treatment plant it’s building. The report also knocks DOE’s management of the topic."

Ben Geman reports for The Hill's E2 Wire October 3, 2013.

Friday, October 4, 2013