By GEORGE TUNG-YANGThe next generation minesweeping machines could be more powerful than the current ones, and could cost as much as $1,000 to $2,000.
But as the cost of the machines has been steadily increasing, so has the debate about the price of them.
The average cost of a minecater is $1.1 million, according to a study published by the Environmental Protection Agency in December, up from $1 million in 2000.
The biggest difference in the cost for new and old machines is the number of units, which has gone up from about 200 to 300.
The EPA said the average cost for a single unit of the new machines was $3,600, up about 40% from the $2.6 million price tag of the old machines.
The new machines would also cost about $1 more than a minecart that can haul a cargo of about 500 pounds.
The number of minecart units has also gone up in recent years, from about 1,200 in 2000 to 2,600 now.
The agency said it was not aware of any other large-scale manufacturing plants that were using the same process.
The company that makes the machines also said the new model was much more efficient, too.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to add more minesweepers to the country’s inventory, but the new generation is more expensive than older models, said Bob Anderson, an agency spokesman.
The price of new minecaters is expected to go up because the EPA says the price is more than double the average price for an average-size minecart.
Anderson said that while the EPA is concerned about the higher costs, the agency does not expect the cost to skyrocket.
“If it does, it will be a significant price increase,” Anderson said.
“We’re not saying it’s going to cost $2 million, but it’s certainly a significant amount of money.