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Originally appeared in Friday, June 18, 2004 Oak Ridger
Funding looking positive for Oak Ridge
THE SITUATION: Projects impacted range from neutron research to the construction and demolition of facilities.
By: Paul Parson | Oak Ridger Staff
That's $50 million over the budget request, according to U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-3rd District.
Several other projects at the Y-12 National Security Complex got funding boosts in the appropriations bill. With an increase of $160 million above the budget request, the bill next goes up for a vote on the House floor, with trips to the Senate and a joint conference committee to follow.
An additional $80 million was included to demolish outdated buildings, modernize production facilities and reduce the footprint of Y-12 in order to streamline manufacturing and cut security costs, according to Wamp. Also, an extra $30 million was tacked on to an account that will be used to continue to fortify security at the plant.
Wamp said the total budget request for local Department of Energy-related activities is around $2.9 billion. The appropriations bill also includes funding for the following projects:
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