|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 3 Nov 2015 21:14:03 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, FUNDING: "Massive Nuclear Cleanup Hobbled by Funding Shortfall"|
Massive Nuclear Cleanup Hobbled by Funding Shortfall Budget woes hit Energy Department operation to clean up contamination from nuclear-weapons program By John R. Emshwiller and Gary Fields Wall Street Journal November 1, 2015 LIVERMORE, Calif. - About 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, in an 800-acre mini-city built to create atomic bombs, there’s a contaminated building slated for eventual demolition. Mark Costella, a facilities manager at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, would prefer to tear down the structure, but doesn’t have the tens of millions of dollars needed. Instead, he’s spending $500,000 to fix the roof. These are the kinds of contradictions at the heart of the complicated, expensive and struggling effort to clean up America’s 70-year-old nuclear-weapons program. The Energy Department’s cleanup operation is wrestling with reduced budgets, tens of billions of dollars in ballooning cost estimates and 2,700 structures on its to-do list. Officials said more than 350 additional unneeded facilities controlled by other programs in the Energy Department are likely eligible for transfer to the cleanup operation. But that office said its funds are limited and it isn’t accepting any more projects for now, no matter their significance. … For the entire article, see http://www.wsj.com/articles/massive-nuclear-cleanup-hobbled-by-funding-shortfall-1446409369 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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