In a telephone call with reporters this afternoon after the subcommittee mark-up for the FY 2017 energy and water appropriations bill, U.s. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the bill contains nearly $3 billion for Oak Ridge activities. That would include funding for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, as well as money ($575 million) to complete design for the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 and $263 million for nuclear waste cleanup and other environmental activities on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation. The full Appropriations Committee in the Senate is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.
Alexander touted a big boost in funding for DOE’s Office of Science, supercomputing and nuclear power, which he favors as a big part of the nation’s energy future. Included in the funding packages would be about $110 million for the Leadership Computing Facility at ORNL.
Overall, the bill as put together would provide about $656 million for the Department of Energy’s Scientific Computing Research Program, with additional funding for the exascale program (to be jointly funded by DOE Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration).
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