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BP to collect millions in government funds for new power plant

According to an article by Will Evans of California Watch, Hydrogen Energy California LLC will receive 308 million dollars of stimulus funding to build a new hydrogen power plant in Tupman, CA.

Here's the rub: British Petroleum owns 50% of HEC.

Evans says BP was facing huge fines and was being prosecuted by the federal government for criminal environmental violations when the deal was made.

So what role should a company's track record play when the government is considering how to award projects?

In this economy, does job creation trump environmental concerns?