Tuesday, February 01, 2000

Contractor fined in Flats clean-up

Colorado Daily Staff Report

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued another safety-violation fine against the company coordinating the cleanup work at Rocky Flats, the former atomic bomb factory south of Boulder.

The department on Monday announced it would fine the contractor, Kaiser-Hill, $55,000 for failing to deal with certain nuclear-safety violations.

Last fall, the company was fined $82,500 after it had purchased several defective nuclear-waste containers. Kaiser-Hill had not taken adequate steps to evaluate the quality controls of the company providing the containers, the DOE ruled.

Kaiser-Hill said at the time that it would implement comprehensive measures to prevent similar problems in the future. But the DOE found that these controls haven't been adequately implemented, prompting the agency to issue the most recent fine.

Kaiser-Hill has 30 days to rebut the DOE's findings. Details about the findings are available at http://tis.eh.doe.gov/enforce.