Oak Ridge cleanup funding proposed at $391.4M

IMG_5419This Feb. 8 photo of the entrance sign at DOE’s Transuranic Waste Processing Facility reflects the recent change of contractors to North Wind Solutions. In the administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017, one of the Department of Energy’s environmental management priorities in Oak Ridge is to continue processing of high-hazard tranuranic waste and prepare it for eventual disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. (KNS/Munger photo)

The funding request for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge cleanup program in Fiscal Year 2017 is set at $391.4 million, according to Mike Koentop, executive officer of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

That proposed funding level for FY2017 is below the current year’s appropriation of $468 million, which was the highest in a few years.

However, the Obama administration’s request “supports continued progress towards cleaning up ETTP (East Tennessee Technology Park, the former uranium-enrichment site that’s been cleaned up and converted to a private industrial park), and also allows us to move forward with our efforts to address mercury at Y-12 and transuranic waste processing,” Koentop said via email.

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