EM testifies on budget

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

The continuing progress of deactivation and decommissioning activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant is one of the projects included in the request for $6.5 billion by Acting Environmental Management (EM) Secretary Sue Cange in her testimony on EM’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

In her testimony, Cange provided an overview of the EM program, key achievements in the past year and planned accomplishments to be achieved with EM’s request of approximately $6.5 billion, which marks EM’s largest budget request in a decade.

“I am honored to be here today representing the over 20,000 men and women that carry out the Office of Environmental Management mission. Our request will enable us to continue to make progress with our mission and to realize a significant set of accomplishments across the EM program,” Cange said in her testimony. “We are committed to achieving our mission and will continue to apply innovative environmental cleanup strategies to complete work safely and efficiently, thereby demonstrating value to the American taxpayers. All of this work will, first and foremost, be done safely, within a framework of best business practices.”

The Environmental Management Program at the Portsmouth Site began in 1989. The same year, DOE signed a U.S. District Court Consent Decree and an Administrative Consent Order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the environmental legacy of past operations. Ohio EPA provides day-to-day oversight of cleanup.

EM rolled out the budget request on Tuesday. The request provides the resources necessary to continue making safe, steady and significant progress in tackling the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

EM’s FY 2018 request provides the resources necessary to achieve progress on the facilities and capabilities necessary to tackle longer-term cleanup challenges.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.