Alexander: Energy and Water Funding Bill Shows “Tennessee Projects Are Priorities for Our Entire Nation”

Bill funds start of mercury cleanup at Y-12, construction of Uranium Processing Facility, and upgrade of supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab

Posted on May 3, 2012

“While this bill continues funding for radiological cleanup in Oak Ridge, it also begins the mercury cleanup process." –Lamar Alexander

NASHVILLE– Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised the inclusion last week in the fiscal year 2013 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill of $25 million to
begin addressing mercury contamination at the Y-12 National Security Complex,
$340 million (a 113 percent increase from fiscal year 2012) for construction of
the Uranium Processing Facility, and $94 million for a supercomputer upgrade at
Oak Ridge National Lab, saying the bill showed “that, even while we are
reducing overall spending in this bill, the committee’s support for these
projects demonstrates they are priorities for our entire nation.”

“I am pleased that the Senate Appropriations Committee agrees that funding for
these projects is critical to our nation’s national-security and research
goals. Oak Ridge could again be home to the most powerful computer in the
world, the Uranium Processing Facility will safely house all future uranium
production operations for the nation’s nuclear weapons, and, while this bill
continues funding for radiological cleanup in Oak Ridge, it also begins the
mercury cleanup process."

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Senate Energy and Water
Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 Thursday, and the bill is now ready to
be considered by the full United States Senate.

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