- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department says allegations of continued retaliation against one Bonneville Power Administration whistleblower are not substantiated.

The allegations were made by a staffer at the power-marketing agency, who last year helped expose unfair practices concerning the hiring of veterans.

They were reported to the department’s Office of Inspector General by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, former chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In a report Tuesday, the inspector general said BPA management took steps that “prevented even the appearance that an adverse personnel action was being taken against the staffer.”

The inspector general has previously found widespread discrimination in hiring veterans and retaliation against whistleblowers at the utility.

The BPA markets power from 31 federal dams and manages much of the region’s power grid.

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