Senators push DOE cleanup for stimulus package

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A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators, mostly from DOE host states, is pushing the plan to spend $6 billion in the economic recovery package to accelerate cleanup at old nuclear sites and use the “shovel-ready” projects to create 10,000 new jobs. The senators called for support in a letter to Sen. Daniel Inouye, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Thad Cochran, the commmittee’s ranking Republican member.

Absent from the letter’s list of authors were Tennessee’s Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, even though Oak Ridge is one of the sites that stands to gain the most from the economic package accelerating cleanup projects.

Asked for comment, Corker’s press secretary Laura Lefler said, “While Senator Corker has signed letters of support for the Environmental Management Program in the past through the appropriations and budget processes and believes this is an important program to Tennessee, he does not believe the stimulus bill should be a Christmas tree, funding every senator’s pet project.”


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