Nuclear Complexes Could Save Billions by Shopping at Hardware Store Instead of Building New Facilities
Friday, March 02, 2012
Los Alamos Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility (photo: Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Following on a congressman’s recommendation for trimming a hundred billion dollars in federal nuclear repairs, a watchdog organization has offered up its own suggestions for ways to keep Washington from spending $7.5 billion for new facilities.
Representative Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures, which would reduce spending on federal nuclear facilities by $100 billion over 10 years. Markey’s bill would eliminate all funding for two new nuclear bomb production facilities supported by the Obama administration, the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance says the government likely doesn’t need to build new facilities and could save money by repairing existing ones. Some upgrades needed at Oak Ridge could even be done by purchasing basic electric or plumbing supplies found at Home Depot or other hardware stores. This assessment was based on photographs of Oak Ridge’s Building 9212 that showed old switch boxes, control center cabinets, air conditioning units, electrical panels and valves and pipes in need of repair or replacing.
To Learn More:
Congressman Throws Down the Gauntlet: See for Yourself! (Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance)
Repairs at Nuke Facility Could be Accomplished by Trip to the Hardware Store, Not Billions in Taxpayer Dollars (by Mia Steinle, Project on Government Oversight)
Obama Administration Pushes Ahead with $6 Billion Plutonium Lab in New Mexico (by Noel Brinkerhoff)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- When Parents Die, Private Student Loans can Come Due
- Military Judge Orders Release of Information about CIA Torture at Secret Prison
- IRS Paid Bonuses to 1,100 Employees who Underpaid or Didn’t Pay Their Own Taxes
- Two-Thirds of Criminals Released from Prison are Rearrested within 3 Years
- Chinese Government Accused of Sending Spies to Universities in U.S. and Australia