Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- A few hundred jobs are expected to be spared if a reprogramming request is approved, according to Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02).
"The recent reprogramming request, which would supply just over $59 million in additional funds for construction of the MOX facility is being considered in the House by the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees." Wilson said in a statement. "My office has contacted both Committees to ensure that the request is approved expediently. I am hopeful that the request will be approved in the very near future."
"It is imperative that these funds be reallocated in a timely manner so that the United States can continue towards honoring our international obligations and we can avoid costly delays," Wilson said in a statement.
The plant is part of an international nonproliferation effort, with the United States and Russia committed to disposing of at least 34 metric tons each of weapons-grade plutonium to be turned into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
The MOX reprogram has no direct correlation to the layoffs at SRR.
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