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Pages of inappropriate e-mails put Hanford employee under scrutiny

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  It happens everyday- using your work computer for personal reasons. But we've been sent stacks of emails from one Hanford employee, putting him in hot water that reminds us all of what our work computers are really for.

Pages and pages of emails, all of them criticizing the Obama administration, and all sent by a government employee- all sent at work and all on the taxpayer's dime.

"He was using an inordinate amount of time sending these messages out and that's certainly not appropriate," said the employee's supervisor, John Britton of Washington River Protection Services. "He's supposed to be working at his computer. We're not paying him to send this stuff out."

The employee works for the Department of River Protection at Hanford and all computers they use outline appropriate use.

"Every time you log on to your computer you get a message that appears on your screen warning you about proper use of government materials, your government computer," he said.

Human resources for the Department of Energy is reviewing the emails this Hanford worker sent and will decide what deciplinary action they'll take. Britton says it could result in his termination.

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