Wilson wants study of savings in MOX project

Thursday, June 6, 2013 4:26 PM
Last updated Friday, June 7, 2013 1:36 AM
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A South Carolina congressman wants the Obama administration to take a closer look at its budget-cutting plan to scale back work on the mixed oxide fuel plant being built at Savannah Ri­ver Site, suggesting that cost- saving efficiencies could be found in the program.

In an amendment to the House Armed Services Sub­committee’s version of the fiscal 2014 defense budget, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson said the administration’s request – which would cut $132.7 million, or 29.3 percent, from the project’s 2014 construction budget – might not reduce taxpayer costs and could delay the plutonium disposition project.

The facility, which is about 60 percent complete, is being built to dispose of surplus plutonium by blending it into commercial nuclear fuel. However, the plant has become increasingly expensive and behind schedule. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Ener­gy proposed slowing the project and studying alternatives because completing the MOX plant “may be unaffordable.”

Wilson’s goal is to keep the MOX program alive, spokeswoman Caroline Delleney said.

“The study he requests would look at bringing in additional surplus plutonium, which would be a vital step to ensuring our national security while simultaneously increasing missions for the dedicated workforce at SRS,” she said.

The amendment specifies an April 1 completion date for the study.

A House vote on the bill is scheduled next week, after which the Senate will mark up its own version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 06/06/13 - 04:48 pm
UK plutonium to SRS...uh, no

Please speak up if you think it's a good idea to even ponder bringing part of Britain's 120 tons of commercial plutonium to the SRS. The UK separated all that plutonium via reprocessing, with no plan or foresight whatsoever and has no clue what to do with it. The US doesn't know what to do with its own plutonium and MOX is failing, so what does Joe Wilson do but suggest dumping more plutonium at SRS. Not so brilliant, as the Brits might say. Joe, time to go back to the drawing board in the feeble attempt to save AREVA's bacon via the US MOX program.

sewerbabe 06/06/13 - 08:01 pm
To SCEagle Eye

Your comment is spot on. I'm surprised to see that the usual suspects have not chimed in? This Mox plant is going to become a dumping ground for the worlds junk radioactive material. Don't you think there is enough cancer in the area. Oh I forgot jobs trump the health of the human race.

Bodhisattva 06/07/13 - 05:42 am

CUT THE BUDGET! CUT THE BUDGET! CUT THE BUDGET! Wait, I didn't mean in my district or state. The never ending drone of the Southern Republican.

Truth Matters
Truth Matters 06/07/13 - 09:21 am

I will not be petty and mention that this representative has the exact same name as the Congressman that yelled out, "you lie" when the president was giving the State of the Union address one year. Then he used that incident of incivility to fund raised $$ off it.

Good for Wilson this president seems to be able to overlook personal attacks and do what is right or what he thinks is in the best interest of the country.

In the words of Michelle Bachmann, "That takes chutzpah!"

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