22 Feb '13, 1am

Study: DOE confirms Chevy Volt battery plant workers were paid not to work

Remember the story last fall about workers at battery maker LG Chem's Holland, MI-based plant who were sitting idle ? Well, the feds have investigated and the news isn't good. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released an audit earlier this month (PDF ) that revealed that not a single production lithium-ion battery has been built at the plant and employees have been finding other things to spend their time doing while being paid taxpayer money. The DOE "found that work performed under the grant to LG Chem Michigan had not been managed effectively." After a big announcement in 2010 that the plant would open and hire over 400 people, the first batteries were supposed to start being made in 2012. Unfortunately, the plant has been sitting idle even though the company received $142 million in federal funds and was granted $175 million in tax breaks. Only half of the 400 job hav...

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