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Audits claim contractor overbilled TVA for nuclear work

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Recent audits claim one of the Tennessee Valley Authority's biggest nuclear contractors overbilled the federal utility by more than $2.4 million for work at TVA's unfinished plants.

TVA inspectors say Bechtel Power Corp. submitted bills to TVA for ineligible labor, travel and housing expenses as part of more than $580 million of non-craft work conducted by the contractor and its partners.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports Bechtel is helping TVA finish a second reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. It performed engineering work at the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant.

TVA Inspector General Richard Moore says Bechtel overbilled TVA for $923,231 in labor hours and payroll additions, $938,928 in ineligible or unsupported relocation and travel bills and $204,336 in improper subcontractor costs at the Watts Bar nuclear plant.

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