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DOE reopens inquiry into possible waste by Rocky Flats contractor

DENVER – The Energy Department will reopen an investigation into whether a contractor who cleaned up the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site threw away equipment to wrap up the job quickly in hopes of collecting $170 million in bonuses, officials say.”After further consideration, we have decided to reopen this matter,” said Marilyn Richardson, spokeswoman for the department’s inspector general. She would not discuss why the decision was made.Several former workers told the Rocky Mountain News that contractor Kaiser-Hill engaged in the hurried disposal of usable tools and supplies, some of in unopened packaging and probably worth millions of dollars.Kaiser-Hill spokesman John Corsi said Wednesday that the company was unaware federal inspectors were re-examining the allegations. Corsi said proving some material wasn’t contaminated with radioactivity was costly and time-consuming, and that the company followed strict government guidelines in dealing with the equipment.Kaiser-Hill also auctioned off more than 1 million pieces of equipment, bringing in about $6 million, he said.”If the inspector general is going to look into it, I’m quite confident we’re going to come out unscathed,” he said.Rocky Flats manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads until it was shut down in 1991 because of safety problems and the end of the Cold War. A $7 billion cleanup was finished last year, and most of the 6,240-acre site northwest of Denver will be converted to a wildlife refuge after state and federal regulators approve.


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