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Nuke lab system to cost $41 million to fix

Friday - 11/9/2012, 6:28pm  ET

By JERI CLAUSING
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say the estimate for fixing the new but inoperable security system at the nation's bomb building lab has doubled.

Lab officials Friday confirmed a report in the Albuquerque Journal that it could cost an additional $41 million and take six months to fix the $213 million system, which has been under construction for seven years and was supposed to be complete this summer.

That is double what officials estimated a few weeks ago, when problems with the security system were first reported.

In a memo to staff this week, lab director Charles McMillan called performance on the project "unacceptable" and said it has damaged the lab's credibility.


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