Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson: Any decision by the Administration to stall or terminate MOX is reckless and strictly political

Feb 20, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study which threatens the future of the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

“Any decision by the Administration to stall or terminate MOX is reckless and strictly political. By taking either of these measures, the American taxpayers will incur billions in cleanup costs, key nonproliferation objectives will be derailed, and weapons grade plutonium will be stranded with no path forward. My colleagues and I in the United States Congress are determined to fight back against this possible decision.  In the coming weeks, I plan to launch a campaign against any attack by the Administration to help secure the future of this project. The President has chosen to play politics with our nation’s nuclear nonproliferation strategy and this will not be tolerated.”

*Congressman Wilson has vocally and actively fought for the MOX project. Over the past year, he was able to secure support for the facility in the National Defense Authorization Act.  He has given a floor speech on the significance of the project, urging his colleagues’ support.  Wilson also spearheaded a letter to President Obama from the entire South Carolina House Delegation calling on him to get behind MOX as it is necessary to fulfill our international obligations.