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Investigation Continues at Energy Northwest

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The investigation continues at Energy Northwest after they were served with a federal search warrant Tuesday.

The warrant is for tests done at the Applied Process Engineering Lab, or APEL.

It is not at all related to things at the nuclear power plant.

The FBI, EPA and Department of Energy showed up for about four hours Tuesday.

Apparently, a former employee accused the company of incorrectly testing a water sample from the river.

Energy Northwest says the tests were done differently than usual, but no data was compromised in the process.

"I think what they're going to find in the long run is that we've got a permittable test that was done, documented in writing, also presented to the people that visited us," said Brad Peck, a company spokesperson.

A Hanford subcontractor had ordered the testing, and they signed off on it without problem.

Energy Northwest operates the APEL facility, it's not related to the nuclear plant, they just contract out lab testing to other companies.