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DOE Dramatically Hikes Estimates for Hanford Cleanup Costs
The projected cost of remaining cleanup at the Hanford Site has dramatically increased over the last three years, according to a Department of Energy report made public on Feb. 1. The 2019 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Schedule and Cost report estimates the remaining cost of environmental remediation of the former plutonium production complex in Washington state at $323.3 billion under a best-case scenario. The worst case would be $677 billion, the report found. The previous life-cycle report, released in early 2016, projected the remaining expense in a range of $103.5 billion to $107.7 billion. Costs in the future years in both the current and prior life-cycle reports have been adjusted to…
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Hanford Contractor Faces DOJ Fraud Lawsuit
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed a civil lawsuit against Hanford Site contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA), accusing it of fraud through false claims and kickbacks from 2010 to 2015. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for…
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AECOM Exec Suggests Savannah River Contract Decision ‘Any Day Now’
The waiting game for re-award of a multibillion-dollar contract for liquid waste management at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina might be over soon, an AECOM executive said Tuesday. “We expect the Savannah River Site to…
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NRC Plans $781.9M in Fees in Fiscal 2019
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the current federal fiscal year anticipates collecting $781.9 million in fees from its licensees, slightly less than it brought in last year. The agency’s budget for fiscal 2019, under the multi-agency “minibus” appropriations bill…
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Nevada Asks Court to Block Any More Plutonium Shipments
With half a metric ton of plutonium already shipped there over the state's objections, Nevada on Thursday asked a federal judge to block the Department of Energy from sending any more of the fissile material. In a request for a…
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