Foster Fights To Increase Resources For Argonne National Lab
Washington, DC – Today, the House Committee on Appropriations passed legislation, championed by Congressman Bill Foster, that would enable Argonne National Laboratory to save millions of dollars by finally removing on-site nuclear waste.
“This commonsense legislation will save taxpayer dollars and allow Argonne to devote more funding to research and development,” said Foster. “Research done at Argonne, and all of our national labs, is critical to maintaining our innovative edge in the global economy.”
The House Appropriations Committee passed the FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, along with the accompanying committee report, which includes language that would enable Argonne to remove nuclear waste currently being housed on-site.
Every year, Argonne spends approximately $3.8 million to maintain and house nuclear waste. The language added to the committee report by Foster would instruct the Department of Energy to provide additional funding to sites with small amounts of nuclear waste, like Argonne, to allow them to properly dispose of such waste. This would allow Argonne to better use the funds required to maintain this waste for other priorities, including research and staff.
The legislation will now advance to the House floor for a vote.