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Report finds errors in LANL plutonium project

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00 pm

A project meant to better protect plutonium stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory has suffered cost overruns and delays due to poor construction, out-of-date designs, lack of qualified staff and bad information.

Construction on the plutonium facility upgrade originally was scheduled to be completed in January 2013 at a cost of $213 million. It wasn’t finished until December and still isn’t fully operational. The estimated price tag to date is more than $244 million, according to a new federal report.

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