Fire Incompetent and Corrupt Company from Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Project

Target: Tracy Mustin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy

Goal: Fire Bechtel National for unscrupulous business practices in the Hanford nuclear cleanup.

Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the United States, and the company Bechtel National is currently responsible for a $12.3 billion Hanford cleanup project. Unfortunately, the company has continuously reported false information, punished whistleblowers, and delayed completion of the vital project. The U.S. Department of Energy must break its contract with Bechtel in favor of a more trustworthy and capable job candidate.

A recent federal memo revealed 34 incidents during which Bechtel National provided incorrect information, wasted taxpayer money, and suppressed employee concerns over workplace safety. The U.S. Department of Energy is now voicing concerns that the project may not be successfully completed at all due to the failures of Bechtel National. The completion date has already been pushed out by at least one year to address the many avoidable technical issues that have surfaced.

Due to the currently unstable nature of the Hanford nuclear site, any additional delays are of serious concern for human life and the environment. Located just outside of the Tri-Cities in Southeastern Washington State, the nuclear site contains radioactive waste that is currently stored in underground tanks. These tanks are leaking, and threaten to contaminate the nearby Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest. It is imperative to our entire country that this threat is contained as soon as possible.

It is abundantly clear that Bechtel National is incapable of properly handling the Hanford cleanup project. As one of the most serious threats to public safety in the United States, this radioactive time bomb must be handled swiftly and expertly. By signing the petition below, you can ask Tracy Mustin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, to dismiss the duplicitous and incompetent Bechtel National in favor of a more appropriate company for the Hanford cleanup project.


Dear Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mustin,

The cleanup effort at the Hanford nuclear site is easily one of the most important projects happening in our country today. As radioactive waste leaks slowly towards the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, billions of our country’s dollars fund a concentrated effort to stop it. Perhaps this is why it is so very unacceptable that the company in charge of fixing the problem – Bechtel National, Inc. – plagues the project with sloppy work, serious delays, and shady business practices.

A recent federal memo reveals Bechtel’s sordid performance. With one of the most treacherous work sites in America, employee safety should be paramount, and yet Bechtel suppresses and punishes worker complaints. And with a ticking time bomb of radioactive material heading straight towards the Columbia River, swift work is of the utmost importance, and yet Bechtel’s endless mistakes have delayed the project for at least an entire year. It seems clear that this is not the company for the job.

The Hanford nuclear cleanup is vital to our nation’s safety, and should be treated with the utmost importance. Considering Bechtel National’s performance so far, this company should not be entrusted with such a dire task. Please protect the interests of the American people by removing Bechtel National from the Hanford cleanup project in favor of a more appropriate job candidate.


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