Alexander, Frist Announce Senate Passage Of Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

Posted on September 16, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which provides significant funding for Tennessee energy and water priorities, including support for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. "The country has come to depend on the world-renowned research and development from Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities. This legislation provides continued support for the cutting-edge advancements being conducted at the Oak Ridge facilities," said Frist. "Whether its flood control, economic development or scientific innovation, today's bill is a critical step toward the advancement of Tennessee's many energy and water interests. Senator Alexander and I will continue to work diligently to ensure that these priorities remain part of this year's appropriations bill." "This bill funds important infrastructure projects and goes a long way to continue scientific advancements at Oak Ridge," said Alexander. "It's a good bill for Tennessee and this nation." Some of the key Tennessee projects included in the Senate version of the FY 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill include: Water Projects
  • $2.48 million for Chickamauga Lock and Dam to operate and maintain the existing lock.
  • $1.7 million for the Cumberland County Water Supply project to expand water supplies throughout its region which includes six-county utility districts and Crossville.
  • $3.2 million for the Nonconnah Creek project in Memphis to continue addressing flood control, environmental preservation and recreation in the region. Upon completion, the project will provide flood protection to approximately half of Memphis.
  • $1.6 million for the Wolf River Ecosystem Restoration Project in Memphis to address erosion damage and a headcut along the Wolf River.
  • $200,000 for the Memphis Riverfront Development project to continue expansion and economic development of the Memphis riverfront area.
  • $100,000 for a flood control study of Jones Creek in Jackson. The study will evaluate measures to prevent flooding along the Jones Creek which often floods during storm events and cuts off access to several homes.
  • $100,000 for a flood control study of Cane Creek in Jackson. Study is necessary to examine flood along Cane Creek, which has become an increasing problem for homes in the southern portion of the city.
  • $1.07 million for the Black Fox, Murfree and Oakland Springs project in Murfreesboro to complete ecosystem restoration and the creation of additional wetlands and in-stream structures.
Energy Projects
  • $143 million for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) for continued construction, the same amount as the President's request. Upon completion, SNS will be the most powerful research facility of its kind providing researchers an opportunity to study 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.
  • $20 million for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to begin construction of a new nanoscience research facility at ORNL.
  • $185 million for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program. The program is critical to the Department of Energy's goals for advanced scientific computing and this funding will allow ORNL to compete for a major new DOE initiative. The funding is $10 million over the President's budget request.
  • $69 million for the Genomes to Life program, a $10 million increase over the President's budget request. The funding will be used to expand efforts in microbial research. ORNL participates in this program and will receive a portion of this funding.
  • $257 million for Fusion Energy Sciences to continue research into this important energy source and to join a new international effort to build the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). ORNL will be one of the primary beneficiaries of this funding.
  • $48.5 million for modernization of the Science Laboratory Infrastructure across the DOE complex. Of this funding, $5 million is earmarked for ORNL.
  • $4 million to upgrade facilities housing radiological operations and storage at ORNL. This funding is above the President's budget request.
  • $812 million for programs at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. This is $17 million over the President's budget request.
  • Full funding of the President's request for environmental management activities at ORNL. This will allow the site's accelerated cleanup plan to move forward.
With Senate passage completed, the bill now goes to a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.