June 27, 2013

South Carolina plutonium plant plagued by cost overruns, poor planning

The cost of the plant at Savannah River, S.C., has ballooned, while its goals have contracted. After a federal expenditure of $3.7 billion, the incomplete facility is on the brink of being canceled. “Cost growth and fiscal pressure may make the project unaffordable,” according to the Energy Department’s latest budget proposal to Congress.

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