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Possible Security Breach At Hanford

The Department of Energy and Fluor Hanford are investigating a possible security breach of information.

Last week, while Yakima Police were investigating an unrelated criminal matter, they found a printed document from December of 1996 that contained the names, social security numbers, birthdates, work titles, work telephone numbers and assignments of approximately 4000 employees transferring from Westinghouse Hanford into the Project Hanford Management Contract.

"We worked with the police so we could inform our employees as soon as we could without compromising the investigation," said Fluor Hanford Communications Director Judy Connell.

"We don't know how the paper go there, we don't know why it got there and so that's part of the investigation that we and D.O.E. are working on. We're working with the police to get additional information," added Connell.

So far there's no indication anyone's information was used improperly, however Fluor and D.O.E. leaders are encouraging employees to monitor financial accounts and billing statements.

An electronic mailbox has also been set up to answer employee's questions.

It's PHMClist@rl.gov.

Current and former contractors and D.O.E. employees can also send emails to this address to inquire as to whether or not their information in on the list.

Employees have been given information on how to contact credit reporting agencies and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at the U.S. Justice Department.