Mar 12 2024

Graham Announces Billions in Funding for Savannah River Site, SC Guard, and Surrounding Region in First FY 2024 Spending Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced that projects for the Savannah River Site, the South Carolina Army National Guard, and the surrounding region will receive funding as a part of the first Fiscal Year 2024 spending package.

Graham made these funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member. 

Savannah River Site:

Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility: $1 billion will go towards continuing construction of the facility that will produce plutonium pits to support the sustainability and effectiveness of our nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Savannah River Radioactive Liquid Tank Waste Stabilization and Disposition: $986.5 million will go towards ensuring the safe removal, processing, and disposition of radioactive waste.

Tritium Finishing Facility at Savannah River Site: $35 million will go towards the replacement of a nearly 70-year-old facility. Tritium, an isotope of hydrogen gas, is critical to the functionality of nuclear weapons.

Savannah River Community and Regulatory Support (Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell Counties): $12.3 million in payments to communities to offset losses in property taxes due to the presence of non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

South Carolina Army National Guard:

National Guard Readiness Center: $20 million will go towards construction of a new Readiness Center designed to meet the training, administrative, logistical, and maintenance needs of the South Carolina Army National Guard.