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The news just got worse concerning the $213 million project to enhance security at Technical Area 55.
It was supposed to be completed in June, but two weeks ago, it was announced it would cost an additional $21 million to $25 million.
According to an internal memo from Lab Director Charlie McMillan, the project is going to be even more expensive. The fixes for an upgraded security system are now going to cost $41 million.
“We have delivered a revised cost estimate for the project to NNSA. We believe the total project costs will rise from approximately $213 million to approximately $254 million,” McMillan wrote. “Because we are not authorized to make this type of change in funding, the project remains in suspended status until Congress or NNSA directs us otherwise.”
McMillan also appointed a committee to oversee the project.
McMillan said that Tyrone “Ty” Troutman will be the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Project manager. Troutman was the construction functional manager for Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure and will report directly to McMillan.
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