Energy Special Intersts running amuck really isn't news in America but here it is from POGO:
If you find yourself in a hole that you can’t get out of, the first thing you should do is stop digging. Sounds like common sense, right? Well, it probably won’t surprise you that the federal government is digging a huge hole with its plans to construct a Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Costs for the facility–which would evaluate, disassemble, and, if necessary, refurbish nuclear weapons components–have skyrocketed from an estimate of $600 million in 2005 to more than $11 billion today. Let that one roll off your tongue—11 B-I-L-L-I-O-N. Wow. But here’s the kicker: We don’t really need this facility, as a report we released this week points out.
Our report shows there is significant evidence to suggest that most aspects of the UPF project can be carried out at existing federal facilities.
We can’t continue digging this hole. In 2005, the Department of Energy estimated that the UPF project would be up and running in 2018. Poor management and a design flaw have contributed to astronomical cost overruns and a new estimate that the facility won’t be fully operational until 2038!
What makes matters worse is that by the time the UPF project is finally done, its mission may be obsolete. Click the link below and write your members of Congress today—it’s time to stop digging!