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Sen. Wyden wants discriminatory hiring practices at BPA fixed

Sen. Wyden wants discriminatory hiring practices at BPA fixed
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says problems with hiring practices that discriminated against veterans and other applicants at the Bonneville Power Administration must be fixed as soon as possible.

The Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy Committee says he met with Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman to discuss how to get BPA back on track.

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general released earlier this week blasted BPA for consistently manipulating the rating process for applicants and subjecting whistleblowers to retaliation.

The BPA markets power from 31 federal dams in the Columbia Basin and manages much of the region's power grid.

Wyden said Thursday he hopes BPA's hiring scandal isn't used to interfere with BPA policy decisions that should be made in the Northwest, not Washington.

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