Critics charged it would have given contractors too much leeway in drawing up safety plans. The DOE's vast Hanford, Wash. nuclear disposal complex is under investigation for alleged contractor safety abuses tied to an accelerated cleanup schedule.
DOE contractor safety proposal dropped
March 19, 2004
The Department of Energy has suspended rulemaking on proposed contractor health and safety regulations. The proposed rule would have provided specific requirements for contractors working at a DOE site.