Super Collider to Cost $8.2 Billion

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A REPORT from the US Energy Department (DOE) shows costs for the superconducting super collider jumped nearly 50 percent and construction time extended another year. The department Tuesday estimated the cost at $8.2 billion compared with the initial estimate of $5.3 billion and extended by one year its projected completion date, pushing it back to the fall 1999.

The report said the cost increases were largely due to design changes recommended by scientists to ensure success.

The facility, to be built in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, will be used by scientists to study subatomic particles in hopes of learning more about the fundamental properties of matter and energy.

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Congress last year granted DOE funds to begin construction. In seeking that money, the department slightly increased its cost estimate to $5.9 billion, a figure critics said greatly underestimated the cost.

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