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Justice Department Joins Whistleblower Lawsuits Against Lockheed Martin

Date: June 12, 2003

Source: News Room

The U.S. Justice Department has decided to join two whistle-blower lawsuits against Lockheed Martin Corp. alleging the firm submitted false claims while failing to properly store and dispose of radioactive and hazardous wastes at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY. The lawsuits, originally filed in June 1999 by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a scientist at the environmental group and three plant employees, alleged that Lockheed Martin Energy Systems submitted false claims for millions of dollars. The defense contractor operated the plant for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1998. The lawsuits alleged that Lockheed Martin Energy Systems made false statements to the Energy Department and regulators about radioactive and hazardous wastes and that some were improperly disposed of in landfills at the plant. The lawsuits alleged the company was required by its contract with the Energy Department to comply with federal environmental law.
More information: USDOJ: www.usdoj.gov, NRDC: www.nrdc.org.

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