WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EM Senior Advisor David Huizenga rolled out a $5.622 billion budget request for fiscal year 2014 that enables EM progress in all areas of the nuclear cleanup program while maintaining safety and compliance across the complex.
“The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request of $5.622 billion provides the resources to clean up the Cold War legacy and maintain momentum in the world’s largest environmental remediation effort," Huizenga said. "We embrace this challenge in this tough budget climate and continue to apply innovative environmental cleanup strategies to complete work safely, on schedule and within cost, demonstrating our continued value to the American taxpayers.”
Huizenga said EM is committed to protecting human health and the environment in the communities surrounding EM sites and the greater U.S. Making sure workers are safe is another top priority.
"We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure workplace that provides all employees the opportunity to excel in their support of the EM mission," he said.
Huizenga also said the fiscal year 2014 funding level positions the EM program to meet enforceable cleanup milestones due in fiscal year 2014.
Highlights of EM’s scheduled accomplishments under the proposed budget, which requires approval by Congress, include:
- Process and ship approximately 4,500 cubic meters of contact-handled transuranic (TRU) waste at the Idaho site;
- Support progress toward completing processing and removal of 3,706 cubic meters of combustible, above-ground TRU waste at Los Alamos;
- Operate Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities and package depleted uranium for reuse or disposition at the Paducah and Portsmouth sites;
- Advance deactivation and decommissioning work at the Plutonium Finishing Plant at the Hanford site;
- Continue closure activities for radioactive waste Tanks 5 and 6 at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina;
- Advance construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at SRS;
- Support U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts by using H-Canyon to downblend highly enriched uranium at SRS; and
- Move forward with demolition of K-25 and initiate K-27 decontamination and decommissioning at Oak Ridge.
Read more about EM's fiscal year 2014 budget request here. To learn more about this budget request, attend Huizenga’s scheduled EM overview presentation, which is part of the 19th annual Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Briefings. Huizenga is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m., Thurs., April 25, at 122 Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.