Projects at SRS could get boost

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Almost every state and federal agency hopes to benefit from President Obama's proposed $819 billion economic stimulus plan, but the Augusta area actually could see the impact of dollars that could flow into Savannah River Site or water projects on the Savannah River.

Early versions of the package, which will evolve as it moves through the House and Senate, include $4.5 billion to $4.6 billion for Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects and $500 million (House version) to $6.4 billion (Senate version) for cleanup of U.S. Energy Department nuclear weapons sites.

Jim Giusti, an Energy Department spokesman at SRS, said it is too early to tell whether any specific projects could be undertaken with new dollars, although there is plenty of work to do as soon as funding is available.

"If we get money we do work," he said. "In general, if we got more money, we would accelerate projects we already have in the pipeline."

The site is involved in an array of cleanup programs related to the disposal and storage of nuclear wastes from decades of operations.

It is too soon to discuss specific projects because those details are under development, he said.

"Once a bill is passed, it will depend on the color of the money, and it will tell us in which areas it can be spent," he said.

Similarly, the Corps of Engineers has little to say about how additional money would change the scope and priorities of major capital projects.

"I can't talk about pending legislation until it becomes law," said Billy Birdwell, the spokesman for the corps' Savannah District.

Discussions are under way regarding what requests the district would make if more funds become available.

"But those are internal deliberations -- things we cannot talk about until legislation is passed and signed by the president," he said. "We have projects we could activate, but until we know exactly what the law says, only then would we decide which water projects have the highest priority."

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HTN007 01/31/09 - 05:55 am
maybe someone could apply tp

maybe someone could apply tp get funding to deal with rerouting trains around downtown Augusta?

wildman 01/31/09 - 06:09 am
SRS has not explained the

SRS has not explained the other money problem, how can they be trusted with more?

dickworth1 01/31/09 - 07:10 am
This stimulus plan is absurd

This stimulus plan is absurd and should not be passed. This will
break the country and put all the burden on our children and grand children. Citizens need to read this stimulus plan and not listen to the press, they will only report what they want you to know, it is your responsibility to actually read this. CNN is not going to pay this money back, you are!

Riverman1 01/31/09 - 07:25 am
Well, one way to rationalize

Well, one way to rationalize this give-away is that federal projects should be paid for with federal funding or something like that. SRS could be expanded, plus the lock and dam could be repaired. Those are federal projects in our area that could help the whole community. Other things? VA, Ft. Gordon? New interstate?

pizzato 01/31/09 - 07:33 am
The corps of engineers will

The corps of engineers will drain that moneythe way they drain lakes. The corps also lets "nature" take its course in man made lakes. I bet they will add more turbines so they can sell more electricity during the droughts.

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 01/31/09 - 10:40 am
If this money does flow now

If this money does flow now it will mean less for SRS later, which may be a good thing given that billions are being thrown away on the plutonium fuel (MOX) plant, which is a questionable project at best.. The MOX plant is producing a relatively small number of jobs at high cost & will only exacerbate the waste problem to be dealt with later. Let's hope there's not a money grab for the stimulus package to fund MOX.

karmakills123 01/31/09 - 11:19 am
LOL pluto this is NOT..... a

LOL pluto this is NOT..... a stimilus package you are so right dickworth ...I urge everyone to at least make themselves somewhat aquainted with this Spending Bill...what a slap in the face to the tax payersand what a damn dirty trick barry and his boys have pulled on those poor sheeple who trusted and voted for him.....

gamc30909 01/31/09 - 11:28 pm
pizzato do you want water to

pizzato do you want water to drink, for food prep, bathing, etc or had you rather ski, fish and drown.

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