RICHLAND, Wash.- A new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study backs up cost estimates for the Vitrification Plant at Hanford.
The independent study validates the original $11.6 billion cost estimate for building the plant.
In fact, the study added an additional $650 million to the costs.
The additions include $320 million to cover rising labor rates.
The study also moves the proposed completion from August to November of 2019.
DOE said they commissioned the study to validate their estimates.
Erik olds, a representative with the department of energy, said the study allows them to effectively create a budget and schedule for the project.
Olds said the study gave them the credit they needed and clears up confusion over the plant's rising costs.