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Hanford Contractors Refuse to Send Thousands of Documents on Whistleblower

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Contractors refused to allow documents to the Inspector General to review whether or not the whisltleblower was unfairly fired. Contractors refused to allow documents to the Inspector General to review whether or not the whisltleblower was unfairly fired.
RICHLAND, WA- The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General wants documents to see if a whistleblower was unfairly fired by Hanford contractors, but those contractors refused to release several thousand documents in the case.

The whistleblower, Donna BBusche believed she was fired in February after raising concerns for technical and safety issues in the Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Site.

Contractor Bechtel National and subcontractor URS are not sending those requested documents to the Inspector General.

Bechtel claimed they tried to work with the Office of Inspector General by offering some documents protected under the law, but the office declined.

Bechtel released this statement Monday that said, “We are disappointed in the language contained in the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General Special Review Memorandum.  Bechtel went above and beyond in cooperating with the Inspector General's investigation providing requested documents for review and people to interview, in accordance with the protocol agreed to with the OIG.”

The review was requested back in March.

Busche is the former manager of Environmental and Nuclear Safety and was a USR employee and Bechtel said it was URS who fired Busche. 
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