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Cleanup of nuclear weapons sites is behind schedule and over budget, audit shows, but DOE cuts program.

The audit shows that the cost to clean up extensive radioactive and hazardous waste contamination is likely to be as high as $305 billion, more than $50 billion higher than the Administration’s earlier estimate. It also may take until 2062 to finish the job—more than 20 years longer than original estimates. Yet this year’s cleanup budget proposal is $5.5 billion, the lowest level in the last 15 years for the huge cleanup program. [read the entire article via C&EN]

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