The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that a new uranium-processing facility for upgrading nuclear weapons would cost up to $11.6 billion, up from the initial $600 million estimate in 2005. In addition, the Corps suggests that the plant proposed by the Energy Department to be built at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oakridge, Tenn., isn't really needed because similar facilities could do the same job at a far lower cost.

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