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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Joe Wilson (2nd District of South Carolina)

May 1, 2020

Press Release

On May 1, Congressman Joe Wilson released the following statement on participating in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)’s open hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Study for pit production at the Savannah River Site:    

“I am grateful for the opportunity to stand with local leaders to offer support for the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility (SRPPF) at the Savannah River Site. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review stated that to ensure the necessary capability, capacity, and responsiveness of the nuclear weapons infrastructure, the United States would need to provide the enduring ability to produce plutonium pits of no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030. After extensive research, the NNSA concluded that the Site was the best option for mission success.

“The Site meets the needs for this critical mission, from workforce readiness and manufacturing to a strong record for safety and waste remediation. With broad support from the local community, SRPPF will create meaningful jobs for the region and support curriculum in regional schools to create a workforce pipeline for both this project and other missions at the Site. I look forward to continuing to work with all parties to ensure the needs of our national security are met and our citizens are safe.”