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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
The 2005 Energy and Water spending bill includes $114 million for a new
storage facility for bomb-grade uranium at Oak Ridge's nuclear weapons
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An additional $80 million was included to demolish outdated buildings,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:
- Full funding of $113.6 million for continued construction of the Spallation
Neutron Source, which will be the world's most powerful neutron research
facility when completed in 2006.
- $42.3 million for science laboratory infrastructure, which will continue
modernization efforts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
- An additional $30 million in the area of advanced scientific computing
- a benefit since ORNL will soon house the world's fastest supercomputer.
- $17.81 million for the Center for Nanophase Materials Science at ORNL,
which will be the first of its kind and leverage ORNL's unique neutron
- An additional $12 million in the area of fusion energy, which will
fund research addressing the backlog of domestic projects in this field.
- *$750,000 for the Energy Reliability and Efficiency Laboratory that
will be used to research and develop electricity transmission and distribution
technologies - among other things.
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