Construction on the 53,000-square-foot Integrated Waste Treatment Unit started in 2007.

A nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho had two unanticipated shutdowns this year, U.S. officials said Tuesday, continuing a lengthy history of setbacks.

Trent Neville of the U.S. Department of Energy said they’re working on the problems at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the department’s 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory. The plant might start operating later this year.

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