A bill approved by a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday would give $5.144 billion to the federal agency that oversees work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It’s the highest level of funding ever for theÂ U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which oversees 10 national labs, including ORNL, federal officials said.
The bill would alsoÂ provide $430 million for the proposedÂ Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex,Â which will “continue to keep this project on time and on budget,” according to a press release from the office of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican.
Alexander’s office also said the legislation would provideÂ funding for:
- a new mercury treatment plant in Oak Ridge,
- cleanup of nuclear facilities that are no longer in service,
- nuclear infrastructure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and
- advanced computing, which supports the new Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The bill was unanimously approved on a voice vote by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander is chair of that subcommittee, and he said the approval shows that there is bipartisan support for energy research, waterways, and national security. [Read more…]