Army Corps of Engineers validate Hanford waste plant costs

25 September 2006

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a report detailing validation of Bechtel’s estimated costs and schedule for Hanford’s waste treatment plant (WTP) in southeastern Washington state.

The USACE recommends a $650 million addition to the costs, bringing the total estimated cost for completing and testing the WTP to $12.2 billion. The USACE also recommends the addition of 3 months to the overall project schedule, putting completion of the facility in November 2019.

Once constructed, the WTP will separate and vitrify millions of litres of radioactive and chemical wastes stored at the Hanford Site.

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