OAK RIDGE, Tennessee — The estimate of how much money it will take to complete the government's environmental cleanup responsibilities in Oak Ridge by the year 2047 has risen to $18 billion.
Mike Koentop is executive officer of the DOE's cleanup program in Oak Ridge. He said the earlier figure was a mistake based on insufficient information.
The $6 billion error underscores the many uncertainties associated with the environmental cleanup of the site contaminated by decades of nuclear research and production.
Among other things, Congress appropriates money for the cleanup each year. If appropriations decline, the cleanup period will take longer and cost more.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com