Wilson Statement on DOE's MOX Decision

Apr 29, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in response to Secretary Ernest Moniz's revised decision to continue construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication (MOX) facility at the Savannah River Site until the end of September, which is the conclusion of the fiscal year. 

“Today’s announcement is only possible because the people of South Carolina have made their voices heard. Deciding to no longer place MOX in cold standby saves thousands of jobs and honors commitments made to hardworking employees at the Savannah River Site.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I remain committed to ensuring that MOX has the appropriate resources necessary to finish completion and become fully operational.  Over the next few weeks, I will continue to work with House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon to secure MOX’s future in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. MOX is essential to our national security as it honors nonproliferation agreements, converts weapons grade plutonium into green fuel, and promotes environmental cleanup.”