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A Tetra Tech “radiation control technician and a radiation task supervisor deliberately falsified soil sample records… Tetra Tech has agreed to: Discuss the facts and lessons learned from this event with its employees who are engaged in licensed activities within 180 days, emphasizing the importance of not engaging in willful activities in violation of NRC’s regulations…” Notice they don’t even say not to do it again but simply “emphasizing the importance of not engaging in willful activities in violation of NRC’s regulations.” Hence they avoid the already ridiculously low $7,000 fine – less than 1/10th of the bail set for one of those arrested in relation to the tar sands pipeline protest this week. What if these Tetra Tech workers hadn’t been caught? Who caught them?
They seem to not even be stripping Tetra Tech of the contract for the US NRC states that: “For a period of three years, use a third party to perform quality assurance reviews of work performed at Hunters Point.”
“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a confirmatory order to Tetra Tech EC Inc. of Morris Plains, N.J., confirming actions the company is required to implement under an agreement reached with the NRC. The actions are intended to address a violation involving falsified soil sample records by technicians at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in California…
The violation involves the failure by Tetra Tech to make surveys that were reasonable to evaluate concentrations and potential radiological hazards of residual radioactivity. Specifically, a radiation control technician and a radiation task supervisor deliberately falsified soil sample records by taking soil samples from areas not designated as part of the target area and by completing forms with inaccurate information on a number of occasions in late 2011 through mid-2012…
In July, NRC issued a notice of violation and proposed a $7,000 civil penalty.” BECAUSE IT’S US NRC NURSERY SCHOOL: “In response, Tetra Tech informed the agency that they were interested in the use of the ADR session to resolve the matter…” (See document at page bottom.)
So, because they didn’t learn the lesson that they aren’t supposed to willfully lie and deceive in Nursery School, it’s US NRC Nuclear Nursery school. Tetra Tech is a large employer. It’s not a Mom and Pop shop and the government shouldn’t be hiring a company to work on nuclear cleanup that needs lessons in ethics.
They appear to have stopped teaching “Honesty is the very best policy” in Nursery School. (It’s this sort of approach by the US that allowed Areva Le Creusot to side-step quality assurance subsequent to a US NRC visit, years ago – something for which we may all pay dearly with a nuclear accident):
“Tetra Tech has agreed to:
• Discuss the facts and lessons learned from this event with its employees who are engaged in licensed activities within 180 days, emphasizing the importance of not engaging in willful activities in violation of NRC’s regulations. • Provide refresher training on NRC requirements to all Tetra Tech employees engaged in licensed activities within 270 days. A copy of the training documents must be submitted to the NRC. The refresher training must be conducted annually for a period of five years. • Conduct an independent third-party assessment of all areas involving NRC-licensed activities to assess Tetra Tech’s safety culture within 360 days. In addition, within 120 days from completion of the assessment, Tetra Tech has agreed to evaluate the results and take appropriate corrective actions. • For a period of three years, use a third party to perform quality assurance reviews of work performed at Hunters Point. • Send copies of the notice of violation and confirmatory order to the Navy and the California State Department of Public Health to assure they are fully informed of the NRC’s actions.
In consideration of Tetra Tech’s actions, the NRC has agreed to withdraw the proposed civil penalty…” http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2016/16-029.i.pdf (See screenshot of entire document below)
HOW WAS TETRA TECH CAUGHT? WHAT IF THEY HADN’T BEEN CAUGHT?
This is apparently a very seriously contaminated Superfund site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Radiological_Defense_Laboratory
Mention of an EA done by Tetra Tech: https://www.bop.gov/locations/regional_offices/ncro/notice_environmental_assessment_thomson_improvements.pdf
Tetra Tech donated over $7,000 to the Sanders campaign
They don’t seem to be big donors. Where is their power from? Why were they hired? Why weren’t they punished? If they aren’t doing legal bribery are they doing illegal bribery?
About Tetra Tech – An Apparently Nasty Company that is Not a Household Word
“In 1988 Honeywell sold Tetra Tech’s engineering division to a group of company employees. Dr. Li-San Hwang, who joined the company in 1967, led the new independent Tetra Tech. Honeywell retained the data systems division and a Tetra Tech co-founder to head it. Since its split from Honeywell, the company has grown from 300 employees to more than 13,000.
In 1991 Tetra Tech issued 1.4 million shares of stock on the NASDAQ exchange. The rapid infusion of cash permitted more acquisitions of engineering firms specializing in water resources (urban drainage and flood control), civil engineering (bridges and waterway design), environmental restoration, and hazardous waste cleanup. Gross revenues totaled $96.5 million by 1994.
During the early 2000s, the company’s environmental remediation and water services continued to grow. There was also a transition in executive leadership. In 2005 Dr. Hwang retired, and Dan Batrack, who joined Tetra Tech in the early 1980s, became CEO. His vision of Tetra Tech’s future included servicing new markets in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and energy efficiency; providing its core services to mining, energy exploration and production, and international development; and construction management.
The remainder of the decade to 2014 involved aggressive growth by acquiring firms in Canada, Australia, and South America in its core (water and infrastructure) and new markets (mining and energy). Tetra Tech also acquired firms that provided international development services to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These new acquisitions focused on implementing sustainable strategies for water, energy, and the environment in Africa, Asia, and South America and facilitating stability and growth in countries in the aftermath of social conflicts or failed governing institutions.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetra_Tech