By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Four companies being investigated for bribes in the Operação Lava Jato (Operation Carwash) have announced they are withdrawing from the consortium for the construction of nuclear plant Angra 3, scheduled to go into operation in 2018.

Engineering giants Odebrecht, Camargo Correa, Andrade Gutierrez and Queiroz Galvão announced on Wednesday (August 12th) that they were no longer going to participate in the construction of the reactor, citing the non-payment by Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of state-owned Eletrobras for their decision.

Earlier this month Eletronuclear’s licensed president,

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