Building costs for a mixed-oxide nuclear fuel facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina have already risen by $2 billion, according to records, and could reach almost $7 billion once new estimates are released by the Energy Department, according to critics. The facility would turn plutonium no longer needed to make nuclear bombs into material that nuclear plants can use to generate electric power. The project is the first of its kind in the U.S.

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