COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The price tag on a South Carolina project intended to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors has gone up.
A report released Thursday by the General Accountability Office says the National Nuclear Security Administration recently estimated the mixed-oxide fuel project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken would cost about $2 billion more than expected.
That would put the total cost estimate for the MOX facility at around $7 billion.
Energy Department officials did not immediately comment on the report.
The facility is being built at a former nuclear bomb plant whose reactors have been shuttered for more than a decade. The MOX plant would be the first of its kind in the United States and is expected to be up and running in 2016.