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Nuclear waste dump may reopen in 2016, two years after accidents
Nuclear waste dump may reopen in 2016, two years after accidents

The Energy Department says it hopes to resume operations at its shuttered nuclear waste dump in New Mexico by early 2016, roughly two years after two serious accidents released radioactive materials and soot throughout the 2,150-foot-deep repository. The cost of accidents will approach $1 billion, based on estimates that are contained in the agency's 32-page plan, released Tuesday. Repairs to damaged equipment and the establishment of new procedures will cost about $242 million, the agency said. Restoring full operations will cost an additional $309 million. Those expenses are mostly in addition to the roughly $400 million the agency will spend on personnel and other operations as...

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