Sens. Ask GAO To Probe Costly Fusion Energy Project

Law360, New York (May 3, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday urged the U.S. Government Accountability Office to probe an international nuclear fusion research project partially funded by the U.S., expressing concern that its spiraling costs may hamper other fusion projects as federal budgets tighten.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is a fusion research demonstration reactor currently under construction in southern France, jointly financed and managed by the U.S., European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia and South Korea. The U.S. foots the bill for approximately 9 percent of the...
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