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The State of Iowa has invested $132 million into a new prison in Fort Madison, and now there's no timeline to open it.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said it needed to delay opening back in April.

It was scheduled to open in March.

TV-6 Investigates has been working to get answers about why the heating and cooling system isn't working.

The problem is with the pumps that were installed.

They're too big.

Twice as large as they should have been, but they were installed according to the plans.

Sources tell TV-6 the original mechanical design firm made a mistake.

It was caught, but only out on the construction site, after the pumps were installed.

The original design firm went out of business in 2012.

Those pumps need to be replaced because our sources say a contractor brought in to try and balance the system and make it work, couldn't do it.

Now the Corrections Department spokesperson says they hope the repairs are complete by fall.

"It depends how soon, we want them done as quickly as possible and it depends on how quickly the contractors can get them done, we're really hoping by the end of summer, early fall to be able to get the transition completed," says Fred Scaletta.

TV-6 Investigates is still trying to get answers about the oversight on this project.

We've filed open records requests with the state for the specific change orders detailing the adjustment to the project.

We want to know what this costs as well as who knew what, and when.

We expect those records by the end of the week.

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