A strongly worded new report from a congressional watchdog agency questions whether an often-delayed and increasingly expensive waste treatment plant at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site can be built and operated successfully.

Released Friday, the report by the Government Accountability Office criticizes the U.S. Department of Energy and those building the plant for their performance during construction of the facility at the Hanford nuclear reservation in south-central Washington.

The Oregonian reports that the analysis was prepared at the request of congressional leaders.

"By just about any definition, DOE's (waste treatment plant) project at Hanford has not been a well-planned, well-managed, or well-executed major capital construction project," the GAO report said.

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