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The Government Accountability Office weighed in on the deferred Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project this week and according to its report, costs will escalate even more if the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration decide to proceed with the project down the road.
According to its most recent estimates prepared in April 2010, NNSA determined that the CMRR will cost between $3.7 billion and $5.8 billion — nearly a six-fold increase from the initial estimate.
Construction has also been repeatedly delayed and, in February, after GAO provided its draft report to NNSA for comment, NNSA decided to defer CMRR construction by at least an additional five years, bringing the total delay to between eight and 12 years from NNSA’s original plans.
The report states that infrastructure-related design changes and longer-than-expected overall project duration contributed to these cost increases and delays.
So what does the GAO recommend?
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