Subcommittee removes ITER funding

iterblogThe  Senate Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today approved a $37.5 billion appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. Among other things, it would eliminate funding for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a huge fusion project that’s being built at Cadarache, France. The U.S. effort on the international project is based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A statement released by the Appropriations Committee said, “The bill eliminates funding for ITER, which is under construction in France, saving $125 million. ITER continues to crowd out other federal science investments where the United States has maintained leadership, including high performance computing and materials science.”

The bill is to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday, as it makes it way through the legislative process.

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