Investigation into WA Nuke Allegations

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 06:02 PM gHale

An investigation is starting up over allegations in anonymous letters received by members of Energy Northwest’s governing board over the nuclear power plant near Richland, WA.

The Washington, D.C.-based law firm, Pillsbury, will begin work next week and issue its preliminary findings to the Energy Northwest Executive Board by Feb. 24.

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The letters accused Energy Northwest executives of concealing information about the subpar performance of Columbia Generating Station. The letters came from unnamed employees.

Energy Northwest has said performance metrics fell at the nuclear plant during a maintenance and refueling outage, but work during the outage should improve performance long term. The writers of the letters also made allegations about security issues.

An executive board committee picked Pillsbury from among three firms submitting bids.

The firm’s only prior work for Energy Northwest involved a second opinion on litigation with the Department of Energy over used nuclear fuel.