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Energy Department raises price tag to $16B for Hanford plant

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RICHLAND, Wash. -

 (AP) - The price tag for a long-delayed facility to treat dangerous radioactive wastes left over from the production of nuclear weapons has climbed from $12 billion to $16.8 billion, making it one of the nation's most expensive construction projects.
    
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the increase on Friday.
    
The increase is part of an effort to jump start progress on the Waste Treatment Plant, which is needed to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.
    
Hanford is located northwest of Richland, Washington, and since World War II made plutonium for nuclear weapons. The site now contains 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive wastes stored in 177 giant underground tanks, some of which are leaking.

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