GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7M Over False Nuke Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A subsidiary of General Electric has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve claims its employees made false statements to the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a reactor component.

The Justice Department announced the settlement Thursday with General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, a provider of nuclear energy products and services based in Wilmington, N.C.

According to the government, GE Hitachi made false statements about a component of its advanced nuclear Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor known as the steam dryer. The government alleges that GE Hitachi concealed flaws in the nuclear component and falsely represented that it had properly analyzed its design.

GE Hitachi had received federal funding to cover up to half of the cost of designing and developing the new nuclear power system.

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