Hanford contractors faces penalty over defective material

Two Hanford contractors will pay $125 million over allegations they would bill the Department of Energy for materials and work that did not meet the standards required for construction of the vitrification plant.

The settlement revolves around allegations that Bechtel illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Congress for money for Bechtel’s work at the Hanford site.

DOE said Bechtel and URS, which was later acquired by AECOM, bought defective material for more than a decade with taxpayer money. Michael Ormsby in a written statement said he was deeply concerned over the use of taxpayer money to pay lobbyists.  

Bechtel will pay $67.5 million and AECOM will pay $57.5 million, according to the settlement agreement. Neither admitted wrongdoing.

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