Y-12 National Security Complex is located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The price tag for a new uranium processing facility in Tennessee has grown nearly sevenfold in eight years to upward of $6 billion because of problems that include a redesign. The nuclear labs are getting renewed scrutiny in light of forced across-the-board federal budget cuts and high-profile security lapses, such as an incident last year in Tennessee. Protesters there cut through a fence and spread blood on the walls of a plutonium lab before being detected.
Y-12 National Security Complex is located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The price tag for a new uranium processing facility in Tennessee has grown nearly sevenfold in eight years to upward of $6 billion because of problems that include a redesign. The nuclear labs are getting renewed scrutiny in light of forced across-the-board federal budget cuts and high-profile security lapses, such as an incident last year in Tennessee. Protesters there cut through a fence and spread blood on the walls of a plutonium lab before being detected.
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published Friday, September 13th, 2013
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