A federal spending bill, first unveiled Wednesday, includes funding for the ever-tumultuous Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site. The fiscal year 2018 omnibus package, which was advanced by the U.S. House early Thursday, includes $335 million for the ongoing construction of MOX, a nonproliferation facility that would, upon completion, turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. The MOX project – now more than a decade in the making – was afforded the same amount in fiscal year 2017. The money is strictly for construction and “project support” use, according to the omnibus. Any previous funding for MOX that has not yet been designated a use should be put toward the same objectives, the bill continues.
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