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US senators: Budget proposal stifles contamination cleanup

The Associated Press
Created: March 03, 2020 04:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic senators are concerned the Trump administration's proposed budget for the U.S. Energy Department calls for less to clean up nuclear research and bomb-making sites and significantly more to fund modernization of the nation's nuclear arsenal.

The proposal includes nearly $27 billion, most of which would go toward nuclear security work that includes restarting production of the plutonium cores that are used as triggers inside nuclear weapons.

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The plutonium work would be split between sites in New Mexico and South Carolina.

Less than one-quarter of the funding would be used for environmental projects in New Mexico, Washington state and elsewhere.


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