Oak Ridge DOE Cleanup Project to Take Longer, Cost More

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A published report in Knoxville says the cleanup of Energy Department facilities in Oak Ridge is going to take longer and cost more than previously expected.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports in this morning's editions that the wrecking of more than 200 old buildings at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Plant is now expected to begin around 2010 and take about 15 years to complete.

The reported cost is between 4 billion dollars and 8 billion dollars.

The massive demolition project is known as Integrated Facility Disposition Project.

Energy Department Oak Ridge manager Gerald Boyd says the department will ask cleanup contractors to take part in a workshop early next year.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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