Rep. Newhouse Statement on Hanford Funding for Next Year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the full House Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The full House is expected to consider the bill on the floor as soon as next week. The bill includes $922,711,000 for the Richland Operations Office (not including safeguards and security) and $1.268 billion for the Office of River Protection:
“This bill reverses most of the Administration’s proposed cut for the Richland Operations Office, putting cleanup work there on a much stronger path forward,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Cleanup under the purview of the Richland Operations Office is not optional and cannot be dismissed. This marks a significant victory for the many critical RL projects including River Corridor, sludge, PFP and more. I’m also encouraged the bill funds work to continue Yucca Mountain – a critical component of Hanford cleanup. This is only the start of a long appropriations process, and I’ve always expected that more work would be required. Of particular focus for me going forward will be ensuring that tank activities receive proper attention. I’m hopeful that the State of Washington and the Department of Energy will reach a workable agreement on a path forward for the Waste Treatment Plant before the end of this process and that additional details regarding cost and schedule will be provided.”
- Restores $78 million of the Administration’s proposed cut for the Richland Operations Office.
- Support Yucca Mountain by providing $150 million for the Nuclear Waste Disposal program, $50 million for the NRC to continue the adjudication of DOE’s Yucca Mountain License application, denies an Administration proposal for non-Yucca nuclear waste activities and prohibits use of funds to close Yucca.
- Highlights the importance of establishing the Manhattan Project National Park as outlined under current law.
- Increases funds for Small Modular Nuclear.
- Supports funding required for stabilizing WIPP - the repository for Hanford’s TRU waste.
- While the bill does not provide the Administration’s full proposed increase for the Office of River Protection (ORP), it provides a $56 million increase over this year for ORP, despite continuing uncertainties regarding some projects.