Posted on November 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced Senate passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Conference Report, which includes significant funding for Tennessee energy and water priorities. "These projects will strengthen Tennessee's energy and water infrastructure and drive economic development throughout the state," said Frist. "This is an investment in Tennessee that will create jobs, inspire innovation and improve the quality of life for Tennessee families. It also supports Oak Ridge National Laboratory's ongoing commitment to scientific research. I'm pleased that so many Tennessee priorities were included in this conference report." "This bill invests in the cutting-edge science happening at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Alexander. "In addition to significant increases in energy programs at Oak Ridge, it makes critical investments in local flood control and water projects across the state. I am proud Congress could work together to fund these priorities for Tennessee." The FY2005 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was passed as part of the FY2005 Omnibus Conference Report. Specific funding for Tennessee includes: OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY (ORNL) $113.6 million to complete construction of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project. 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. $30 million increase for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, of which $25 million can be used to acquire hardware for a leadership class computational facility. $17.8 million for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences to support construction of a nanoscience research facility in Oak Ridge. $13.6 million to upgrade facilities for U-233 storage at Oak Ridge. Y-12 NATIONAL SECURITY COMPLEX $50 million increase above the budget request to accelerate construction of the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF), which will provide for the consolidated storage of highly enriched uranium. $30 million increase above the budget request to support enhanced safeguards and security at Y-12. $50 million increase above the budget request to modernize operations and facilities at Y-12. The Conference Report also provides the necessary funding to continue the accelerated environmental clean-up agreement in Oak Ridge. CORPS OF ENGINEERS $17 million for the Chickamauga Lock project to construct a new 110 x 600 foot replacement lock. $3.153 million for the Nonconnah Creek project in Memphis to address flood control, environmental preservation and recreation needs, which is $1 million above the budget request. $2 million for the Cumberland County Water Supply project to expand water supplies for six county utility districts and the City of Crossville. $750,000 for the Wolf River Ecosystem Restoration Project in Memphis to address erosion damage and a headcut along the Wolf River. $134,000 for the Memphis Riverfront Development study to continue expansion and economic development of the Memphis riverfront area. OTHER PROJECTS $750,000 for the Southeastern Regional Sun Grant Center at the University of Tennessee to support the development of bio-based energy technologies and educational programs. $500,000 for the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute to fund additional research efforts. $500,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support a new brain tumor research center.