The National Nuclear Security Administration was warned the cost of a plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site was at a high-risk of steeply increasing before construction.
Piece by piece, Savannah River Site's old P-Area powerhouse is coming apart. A subcontractor cut a deal to dismantle the 47-year-old building in return for the scrap metal, and all that will be left there a few months from now is a grass field. That won't be true for P-Reactor, a drab concrete structure a few yards away, or for most of the other 130 surplus buildings SRS spends an estimated $25 million a year to maintain. At least not for several more years.
Federal investigators found no evidence that Westinghouse Savannah River Co. officials accepted kickbacks in return for a proposed computer services sub-contract. But the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General's five-month investigation unveiled several other flaws with the $265 million proposed deal. Rumors of illegalities ran rampant at Savannah River Site last fall as Westinghouse was finalizing an agreement to let California-based Computer Sciences Corp. provide computer support to the plant.
...illness cases in 1995 were underreported or incorrectly classified as non-work related, the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General said. Other federal defense sites were found to have the same problem. But an SRS official on...