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      Fire system complete at Pantex plant

      AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - The nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant has completed a high-pressure fire loop system aimed at improving safety and extinguishing potential fires.

      The project at Pantex came in $5.7 million below the $36 million budgeted for the project.

      Dennis Huddleston, who managed the project for the contractor that operates the plant, said that millions of dollars in additional work was added because of favorable contracts. That included more piping, 400,000-gallon storage tanks and diesel pumps that provide water to the south end of the plant.

      Last year, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a congressional watchdog agency, cited concerns about more than a decade of delays in completing improvements to the plant's fire protection system.


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      1/18/2014 2:26:46 PM (GMT -6:00)