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Government spends millions to repair abandoned Y-12 building

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - The federal government is spending millions of dollars to patch up a former production facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge that is intended for demolition.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1GU06iL) the government has spent about $24 million over the past seven years for work that included repairs on two of the 530,000-square-foot facility's seven roofs and removal of all materials at risk of causing explosions. And there is still more that needs to be done.

The repairs are necessary to mitigate some of the hazards Alpha-5 poses to workers and the environment.

Despite those hazards, there is no timetable for demolition. The Department of Energy has dozens of old facilities in need of demolition. But because of insufficient funding the schedule keeps getting pushed back.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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