September 15, 2008
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Bechtel National, Inc., related to 10. C.F.R. Part 708 at the Hanford Site
This letter refers to the review by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of the issues concerning an alleged retaliation first reported by an employee at the Hanford site in 2005. Following the employee's termination, he filed a 10 C.F.R. Part 708 complaint. DOE's Employee Protection Program at Part 708 has been designated a nuclear safety regulation and, therefore, is enforceable under the Price-Anderson Amendments Act (PAAA) at 42 U.S.c. § 2282a. A finding by the DOE Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) of retaliation against an employee for raising nuclear safety concerns may constitute an independent nuclear safety violation under the PAAA.