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Megaproblems

Think the Big Dig is a mess? As Tom Carpenter of the Government Accountability Project explains, the nations's second biggest public works project is no better.

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By Doug Most
December 3, 2006

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Explain what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. The problem was going too fast. They had an approach called design-build. Design, then build more. Then design. Then build. That does not work well for a project on nuclear waste. If some big factor changes, everything you designed and built is flawed. The original cost estimate was $4.6 ... (Full article: 453 words)

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