Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Nuke Material Move On Hold.(Journal North)

Byline: Adam Rankin Journal Staff Writer

Cost Estimates Have Tripled

An unexpected cost increase has temporarily put on hold the planned relocation of nuclear material from Los Alamos National Laboratory's Technical Area 18 to the Nevada Test Site.

The delay has critics of the Department of Energy and LANL worried that the relocation of the material, which they say is no longer fully secure at LANL, is being sabotaged.

Deputy administrator for defense programs Everet H. Beckner wrote in a June 20 memo that a new cost estimate for a building upgrade to the Device Assembly Facility in Nevada, which would house the material, is about $210 million more than the original estimate of $100 million. …

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