Wilson Testifies Before Budget Committee Requesting Resources for SRS

Feb 3, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Budget Committee, requesting resources for critical infrastructure at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

“SRS is a critical to our national security and environmental clean-up missions,” Wilson said. “We must ensure that it receives sufficient funding to carry out its mission.”

Click here to view a video of Congressman Wilson’s remarks to the Budget Committee:

Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s testimony are included below:

“I am honored to serve the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, which includes the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands, where we welcome new recruits from all over the country. I also represent the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell, which plays a vital role in our national security and nuclear non-proliferation. Each of these installations provides unique services to our country and requires our support. 

“It is critical that we continue our funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX), currently 70 percent completed at SRS. This facility is our only viable method at this time of disposing of weapons-grade plutonium and our country’s only means to honor the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement we have with the Russian Federation.

“In addition to MOX, the Savannah River Site is home to a host of other Department of Energy environmental cleanup missions. H-Canyon provides our country with the ability to process highly radioactive material and is the nation’s only production scale nuclear chemical separations plant. The Tank Farm, Defense Waste Processing Facility, and, soon, the Salt Waste Processing Facility all play vital roles in safely disposing of millions of gallons of radioactive nuclear waste which was vital for victory in the Cold War that still remains on site.

“Finally, the Savannah River Site is home to the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The Laboratory supports our nation’s ability to produce tritium, nuclear forensics, and monitoring and detection capabilities for nuclear non-proliferation. It also enhances technologies for the nuclear clean-up mission at SRS and around the country, including ways to safely store and transport high-level radioactive waste. Finally, the Site facilitates international partnerships, such as our cooperation with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in the remediation of Fukushima.  

“I respect the difficult choices this Committee must make in the coming days and weeks. As you begin the Fiscal Year 2017 budgetary process, I ask that you consider the men and women involved in the critical national security missions being carried out at Fort Jackson as well as the Savannah River Site. These individuals are dedicated to their country and putting service before self.

“I urge you to continue your support for the unique missions at Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site that keep American families safe.”