From Carla Riggs. Also read my (Peggy Drouet) comments at the end of this post.
I was aghast to read in the Pasadena
Sun today that CalTrans/Metro has hired ch2m hill to make a
study regarding the feasibility of five
underground tunnels. The consulting company decided each of
these five tunnels were feasible.
Quote from the CalTrans study ~
"For the purpose of this study, the invert (bottom) of the tunnel
is assumed to be about 200 ft. below ground surface (bgs) and the
diameter of the tunnel to be about 50 feet. Our understanding is
that a detailed evaluation of the tunnel profile and tunnel
configuration will be made during the environmental documentation
phase in the future."
Simple results of the study for various neighborhoods can be found here,
including our area.
chm2 hill is an international consulting company, used in nuclear
waste site clean-ups, design, and program management to list a few.
They charge high fees.
Pasadena used this company in consultation with a 710 connector
chm2 hill is being paid $37 million for the consults by
This sounds fine and good, until one reads the sordid background of
CalTrans has used
them previously, with less than sterling results.
Not only is their work known to be shoddy, but the company itself is
under a dark cloud. They paid a $1.5
million fine to the Federal govt. for kickbacks and other
ch2m hill has been involved in (among other things) radiological
spills which contaminated workers; kickbacks; time card fraud;
shoddy work; using Recovery Monies while laying off workers. (The
company was also involved with Solyndra.)
They have paid millions of dollars in fines.
hill fraud' for a real eye opener.
This company is being paid $37 million in consulting fees.
Comments by Peggy Drouet:
I posted information about the shady reputation of CH2 Hill on this website on August 9, 2012. This company is doing the environmental study for our area. At the end of the Metro/Caltrans meeting on August 9, I asked Metro's Michelle Smith if Metro realized that CH2H Hill has been accused of kickbacks and other shady practices. She said that she didn't know this. Oh, boy!
Thanks Carla for the article and all its links. When I had previously Googled "CH2 Hill" and "Negative News about CH2 Hill," I only found two references. Now there seems to be many.
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