U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 80-17, includes significant funding to support facilities and research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex.
"We Tennesseans have the nation’s top science laboratory right in our back yard at Oak Ridge," said Alexander, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This funding will help keep Tennessee on the cutting edge of science research and development, which creates new technologies and new jobs, including important research to help combat climate change.”
“The Oak Ridge complex is one of America's premier institutions for scientific research and technological innovation,” Corker said. “The projects and programs funded through this legislation will support further development of alternative energy sources and modernization of our nuclear defense infrastructure - all of which helps enhance our competitiveness and improve our national security.”
Key projects funded in the Conference Report of the FY10 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act include:
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY (ORNL)
• $198.8 million for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) program. SNS is the most powerful research facility of its kind providing researchers an opportunity to conduct basic and applied research as well as develop technology in the fields of condensed matter physics, materials sciences, magnetic materials, polymers, chemistry, biology, earth sciences and engineering. SNS will be used to develop advanced materials, such as making solar panels more cost effective and more efficient.
• $394 million for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program, a portion of which supports the operations of the Department of Energy Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab which is used in research to advance understanding of biofuels, climate change, and battery modernization, among other projects.
• $10 million in Radiological Facilities Management for hot cells at the Oak Ridge Radiochemical Engineering Development Center which produces isotopes for hospitals to use in cancer treatment and research.
• $225 million for environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge site.
Y-12 NATIONAL SECURITY COMPLEX
• $94 million for the Uranium Processing Facility. The construction of this facility will allow Y-12 to modernize the processing of our nation’s uranium supply and downsize its infrastructure, helping to reduce its footprint and expand the decommissioning of nuclear warheads.
• $178.8 million for environmental cleanup for defense activities on the Oak Ridge Reservation.