The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - A lawsuit accuses the operators of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon of altering the records of workers' exposure to radiation to qualify for federal government safety bonuses.
The lawsuit was filed in 2000 in U.S. District Court under the false-claim act, but a judge unsealed it just last week, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Plant security guard Jeff Walburn contends in the lawsuit that Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin Utility Services and U.S. Enrichment Corp. used false and unreliable exposure readings to receive incentive payments for operating a safe work environment.
The false-claim act allows a civilian to sue on behalf of the federal government when it overpays a supplier because of alleged fraud.
USEC and Lockheed Martin both declined to comment.
If Mr. Walburn wins, he could receive a cut of damages awarded to the U.S government.
Mr. Walburn's attorney, Steve Edwards, said he has depositions from two employees who said they altered 400 to 600 records per year.
"We have evidence in Jeff's case that his records were changed twice," Mr. Edwards said.
The plant helped produce weapons-grade uranium and handled plutonium during the Cold War.
The plant was closed last year but operations to decontaminate it are continuing.
Congress two years ago approved payments to workers exposed to radiation at the plant who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Piketon is 100 miles east of Cincinnati.
Frantic families can find solace
Martin bows out as lawyer for city
We may walk alone, but we do it safely
Wyoming standout a finalist for high school Heisman
IN THE TRISTATE
On agenda: How to pay Kalmanoff, how to proceed
Officers cleared in beanbag shootings
Mayor tells downtowners: Get focused, `stop whining'
Jungle Jim's expansion keeps international flavor
Pilots like new law to carry guns in cockpit
New gift won't rescue tower
Schools weigh timing of bond vote
Meet Alton Frailey tonight in Avondale
Vincent Albers Jr. had military, technical careers
Hamilton County OKs growth policy
Lumber cars go up in flames in Madeira
Tristate A.M. Report
PULFER: Turkey Day race
HOWARD: Some Good News
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Butler to try Metro deal
Deerfield rejects developers' plan for apartments
Grailville gets clause in contract
Sycamore teachers at near impasse
Talawanda close, but no recount
HUD investigating Butler Co. agency
New sentencing hearing ordered for Butler Co. man
Probe of investment scheme expanded in Cleveland
Appeals court rejects ruling on school-building contract
Lawsuit: Radiation records were altered
Big donor boycotts Cleveland charities
2nd escapee from Kentucky jail captured in N. Indiana
Ohio might require meningitis vaccination on college campuses
Fun places to hang out open soon
Craven died from bullets, not crowbar, doctor testifies
Patton says huge deficit looms unless dramatic action taken
Second Ky. jail escapee captured
Ky. might be `vulnerable'