Thank You, Governor Haleyby Representative Joe Wilson
Posted on 2015-12-15
WILSON of South Carolina asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate Governor
Nikki Haley of South Carolina for her decision to enforce the law and
fine the Department of Energy for failing to process weapons-grade
plutonium, which the Department was statutorily mandated by 50 U.S.
Code, Section 2566.
While the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility is about 70 percent completed, it will not be able to meet the January 1, 2016, deadline establishing a $1 million a day fine up to $100 million annually. This was documented today in the Aiken Standard by SRS beat reporter Derrek Asberry.
While other options have been examined using flawed, biased studies, they are not real alternatives because the MOX process is the only viable, legal option under our nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the Russian Federation. Additionally, it converts weapons-grade plutonium into green fuel, promotes nuclear nonproliferation, and eliminates the need for a repository.
The Department of Energy should commit to complete the MOX project in its entirety, as it promised the people of South Carolina, especially when considering the economic and environmental impact of storing the material.
In conclusion, God bless our troops, and may the President by his actions never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.