Wilson Leads Congressional Visit to MOX

Jan 19, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) invited Congressman Rick Allen (GA-12), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) on a bipartisan tour of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site:

“I am grateful to know first-hand the value the MOX facility and the Savannah River Site has to our national security and environmental cleanup missions—value that extends beyond South Carolina—to benefit American families.

“Discrepancies in data have overstated the projected costs to complete the MOX facility at the same time they are understating how much of the facility is complete. The best way to assess level of completion is to see it with your own eyes, and that’s why I invited my colleagues in the House to see the importance of the MOX facility themselves. I am honored that Congressman Rick Allen, Congressman Mick Mulvaney, and Congressman Donald Norcross joined me on the tour today.

“We also appreciated a visit to K-Area to review the potential of down-blending. It is a bipartisan concern that the shocking example of Yucca Mountain could leave South Carolina as a permanent repository of high-level weapons grade plutonium.”

Congressman Rick Allen (GA-12) stated:

“I am glad other Members of Congress were able to see the hard work being done right here in the CSRA and solutions the MOX facility will provide once completed.  This is a necessary piece of a comprehensive national security plan, and was reauthorized and funded by Congress again late last year. As the only real solution I see for our military grade plutonium, the MOX project is vital. By turning these materials into commercial fuel, we will be able to use the finished products to produce clean energy to power our country and economy. I am proud to work with my colleagues from South Carolina, Rep. Joe Wilson and others, to keep this project moving forward and continue to grow jobs in the Augusta area.”