A recent aerial view of the Portsmouth X-326 Process Building demolition. EM's fiscal year 2023 budget request includes funding for the continued teardown of X-326, the first of three massive former gaseous diffusion plants that will be taken down at the Portsmouth Site in Ohio.
A recent aerial view of the Portsmouth X-326 Process Building demolition.

EM has requested a fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget of $7.64 billion, an amount that will enable the program to continue making strong, steady and sustained progress on priorities to clean up legacy nuclear sites now and in the years ahead.

The budget proposal reflects a firm commitment to support remediation activities in communities that historically supported or continue to support nuclear weapons programs and government-sponsored nuclear research. It positions EM for continuing success.

“The FY 2023 budget request proposes key investments that will continue to drive risk reduction and skyline changes across the EM complex, as well as keep the program on track to achieve a step change in how we tackle radioactive tank waste,” EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White said.

EM’s request builds on past investments, including:

EM's fiscal year 2023 budget proposal would allow for a significant infrastructure and modernization campaign at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that would include continuing construction on the Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS). At
Together, the two buildings make up the SSCVS that, when finished, will increase airflow in the WIPP underground from 170,000 cubic feet per minute to 540,000 cubic feet per minute.

While progress continues at field sites, the budget request also will support programs that seek to build a talent pipeline to replenish a federal workforce in which more than half will be eligible for retirement in the next decade.

Funding also will support underrepresented communities near EM sites across the country. It will increase engagement and opportunity by expanding the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program and create the consortium — Minority Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), cybersecurity, and manufacturing — that will build sustainable diversity and inclusion that invests in the workforce today and into the future.

“The request will enable us to further advance the EM mission, maintain national security priorities and support those most impacted by the environmental legacy of the past,” White said.