A salt-waste processing facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina is only 65% complete and is over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars. The plant, designed for high-level waste from U.S. defense programs, had originally been projected to be finished in 2009 but encountered delays with the design and types of materials required. "We now have to address the cost increase, as well as the schedule delays, and get a viable baseline together for what it is going to take to complete this facility," said Zack Smith, the Department of Energy's deputy manager at the Savannah River Site.

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