General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC will pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations it made false claims to U.S. regulators about a nuclear reactor component.
GE Hitachi, headquartered in Wilmington, NC, is a subsidiary of General Electric Co. and partially owned by Japan’s Hitachi Ltd.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) said the company made false statements to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Energy (DoE) between 2007 and 2012 about the advanced nuclear Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor (ESBWR), known as the steam dryer.
The settlement made no determination of liability on the company’s behalf.
The NRC requires applicants for nuclear reactor design certification show vibrations caused by the steam dryer will not result in damage to a nuclear plant.
The government said GE Hitachi concealed known flaws in its analysis of the steam dryer, falsely represented it had properly analyzed the dryer, and had verified the accuracy of its modeling using reliable data.
“Transparency and honesty are absolutely critical when dealing with issues relating to the design of a nuclear reactor,” said Stuart Delery, assistant attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division.