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House Passes Foster Provision To Save Argonne Millions

Dec 12, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today the House passed a provision, 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 provision 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.”

Today the House passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill, 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 championed 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.  Eliminating this waste would save Argonne $3.8 million every year, allowing them to better use the funds for other priorities, including research and staff.

The legislation will now advance to the Senate for a vote.