Sen. Alexander discusses Oak Ridge renovations

The biggest construction project in Tennessee history was part of the discussion between the state's senior senator and the secretary of energy on Friday.

That project is planned for Oak Ridge and will process uranium. Senator Lamar Alexander says they're still looking at how to cut costs tied to the multi-billion dollar project.

"We like the idea in Tennessee of having several hundred million dollars spent in Oak Ridge for new uranium project, but we also pay taxes too, so we need the money for other urgent needs," said Sen. Alexander (R) - Maryville.

A so-called 'Red Team' is looking into how much money the government must spend to improve the plans for plant that handles a material used in nuclear weapons. The goal is to keep the budget under $6.5 billion and finish it by 2025.

The secretary of energy says it's time for some changes...

"It's a very old building, it's doing very difficult work, central to our weapons program and we will continue to be monitoring safe operations, but at some point we just need a new infrastructure to have safe, efficient, cost-efficient operations," said Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy.

The red-team will present its review to congress on Monday and is expected to give a public presentation later in the week.


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