Wilson Applauds Retainment of 90 Jobs at H-Canyon

Oct 27, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) approved the use of the H-Canyon Complex to provide approximately 3.7 metric tons of plutonium oxide feed for the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility from the non-pit plutonium currently stored at the Savannah River Site (SRS):

“I applaud NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino’s announcement to utilize the unique and versatile capabilities at H-Canyon, and I am pleased to see this facility has remained a priority for the Department of Energy.  Because of this decision, jobs have been protected.  H-Canyon is the only facility of its kind in the nation, and this is a testament to its importance.  For decades, the H-Canyon facility, including HB-Line, has proven to be an effective and valuable asset for safely processing legacy nuclear materials. 

“I would also like to thank the efforts of those employees working at H-Canyon. Their legacy of commitment is greatly appreciated, and I am proud of them. Historically, they have always answered the call when this nation has asked them to respond.”

According to the NNSA, this decision will result in the retention of approximately 90 critical H-Canyon/HB-Line staff.  H-Canyon and HB-Line will initiate start-up preparations for plutonium oxide production in FY 2012, and will ramp up to a full production rate of up to 1 metric ton per year in FY 2015.