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Feds: Audit of SC nuclear complex whitewashed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators say a company managing
South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear complex altered its
2007 financial audit to justify expenses to the government.

The Energy Department's Inspector General says in a report
released today (WEDNESDAY) that as a result, it cannot verify some
$1.4 billion in expenses submitted by the Washington Savannah River
Company that year.

The report says the company was supposed to conduct independent
self-audits.

Instead, the report says it allowed managers to work closely
with auditors to eliminate discrepancies. The company lost its
management contract last year.

The company has disputed parts of the report but officials were
not immediately available for comment.


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