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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Justice Department says GE Hitachi has agreed to pay $2.7 million for allegedly giving false information to federal regulators. Despite the settlement a company spokesman says GE Hitachi “vigorously denies” the allegations.

The DOJ says Wilmington-based GE Hitachi allegedly made false statements to the US Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about a component of the advanced nuclear Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR), which is also known as a steam dryer. The NRC requires that applicants for nuclear reactor design certification demonstrate that vibrations caused by the steam dryer will not result in damage to a nuclear plant. The government alleges that GE Hitachi concealed known flaws in its analysis and falsely represented that it had properly analyzed the steam dryer.

The DOJ says between 2007 and 2012, GE Hitachi received funding from the Department of Energy to cover up to half of the cost of developing, engineering and obtaining design certification for the advanced nuclear ESBWR. The NRC is still reviewing the application and has not reached a final decision on the certification.

GE Hitachi spokesman Christopher White tells WWAY that the company settled the suit despite there being no determination of liability for the best interest of its customers and to reach its “goal of getting final certification of the world’s safest nuclear reactor.”

The allegations came from a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by LeRay Dandy, a former GE Hitachi employee. Dandy will receive a share of the settlement, though the amount has not yet been determined, the DOJ said.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Working in academia on a technical level for many years, I’ve found the “doctorates” that specialize in university work have a very difficult time functioning with any credence in the real world, thus the reason they are there. Not trying to diminish his expertise, but that doesn’t lend over to you. I don’t attack but I do use facts, not assumptions and most people don’t like that. Chef, you have by far the sharpest, most bitter tongue on this blog so I credit you with having the credentials to criticize that. But once again, you know absolutely NOTHING about my influence in this world or how I feel. A perfect example of your use of “assumptions” vs. fact.

BTW, I age every day as well as you and will continue to (FACT!), but that says nothing OF my age! And a good day to you too Sir! Keep that potato peeler sharp!

2015 years 8 months ago

Not an expert on nuclear plant construction but a member of my immediate family is. He has a doctorate in mechanical engineering and specialized in nuclear plant construction for several decades with a specific focus on vibration analysis; exactly the issue here. He’s now a professor and head of the engineering department at a large university as well a consultant in his field of expertise. Had a phone conversation with him prior to my post. Combine that with my relatively intimate knowledge of corporate structure and culture developed during the years when many of my clients were Fortune 500 companies (before entering the culinary field as a second career), and I would venture that I probably have a more than adequate knowledge on the subject. I do confess though that I have no idea who Billie Joe and Bubba Smith are. In my defense, I would point out that it’s probably unreasonable to expect me to be familiar with all of your acquaintances regardless of whether they are real or imaginary

This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed you attacking others based solely upon your own personal unsubstantiated opinions. Having described yourself in another post as “an aging white male”, perhaps you’ve become overly concerned with the diminishment of your influence in a fast changing world and just lash out at others to make yourself feel more in control of your life. Who knows, and quite frankly, who cares? That’s your problem and not mine.

Despite your occasional irrational curmudgeonly outbreaks, I bid you a pleasant day. Goodness knows, it looks like you desperately need one.

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

Chef, sorry to see you under attack by the resident dull bladed corporate tool. You are absolutely right; this falsified data very well could have led to the certification of a defective (and potentially dangerous) plant.

2015 years 8 months ago

– “The US Justice Department says GE Hitachi has agreed to pay $2.7 million for allegedly giving false information to federal regulators.

– Despite the settlement” …..

– “a company spokesman says GE Hitachi “vigorously denies” the allegations.”

This would be a totally laughable scenario if it wasn’t for the fact that the falsified data could possibly have jeopardized the lives of countless potential victims. Apparently, corporate greed is king these days and everything else comes in a far distant second place.

If the voting public hadn’t been so completely apathetic (and I’m talking about both liberals and conservatives) for the last several decades, they would have vetted their politicians more carefully before allowing them to hand over the scepter of power to corporate America.

Bend over and be prepared to receive considerable quantities of unpleasantness. The voters allowed this to happen. Now they’ll get their just reward.

2015 years 8 months ago

…have you. It’s fully obvious that you know very little about the corporate world and the vast resources it requires to conceive, design and construct a nuclear power facility. Being a washed out cook doesn’t in the vaguest sense of the imagination, qualify you to make any determination of the “jeapordized lives of countless potential victims”. Billy Joe and Bubba Smith don’t just put these things up in the woods like some sort of mooonshine still. It so happens that the power coming through your household this very moment is generated by the Brunswick Nuclear Power Station, go look at it sometime and use the visitors center. You may actually learn something! I can tell ya one thing, you surely need to!!!

Kei Sugaoka
2015 years 8 months ago

Unfortunately it was 25 years ago(August 1989) I insoected the 1F1 Fukushima steam dryer and the video crack cover ups by GE and Tepco and to this day GE/Tepco/Hitachi, Japan’s NRC equivalent and our own NRC has never revealed the truth about what happened with 1F1’s steam dryer.

Ask GE Hitachi spokesman Christopher White what happened?…he doesn’t even know and have a clue….very few people know…I know.

Greed never seizes with mankind


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