Stone & Webster Construction Inc. has agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a multiyear federal probe into alleged improper recordkeeping of injuries and site safety under a $10-billion long-term contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority for modifications and maintenance work at nuclear plant sites in Tennessee and Alabama. The U.S. Justice Dept. announced the pact on Jan. 22 with Stone & Webster, a unit since 2000 of Baton Rouge-based The Shaw Group.
The settlement also requires Stoughton, Mass.-based Stone & Webster to enter into a first-of-its-kind comprehensive two-year monitoring agreement with TVA’s Office of the Inspector General to ensure the firm implements a compliance and ethics program applicable to its work for the federal utility. The “corporate integrity and monitoring agreement” is the first such pact in TVA history between its IG and a utility contractor, according to the government.