The Savannah River Site received approximately $318 million in temporary funding to continue all Environmental Management programs at the Site. Funding came as part of a continuing resolution for the FY 2014 federal budget.
According to DOE-SR representative James Giusti, the continuing resolution will cover a 107-day period that will end on Jan. 15. The current resolution is based on the funding level that was enacted for the FY 2013 resolution.
The 2013 resolution was for six months and ran from October 2012 through March 27 of this year.
Giusti also said the funding will allow SRS to continue some missions; however, much of the work at SRS will rely heavily on full funding. There are no planned employee cuts under the current continuing resolution.
“The funding will allow us to execute some limited mission workscope, but, because of its short duration, SRS will defer some workscope until we receive funding for a full year,” Giusti reported in an email to the Aiken Standard. “Under this CR, we are not planning any layoffs or furloughs.”
SRS only received about 25 percent of its requested $1.2 billion in federal funding.
Numbers include $92 million of its requested $432 million for risk management operations; $162 million of its requested $553 million for radioactive liquid tank waste; $27 million of its requested $92 million for the salt waste processing facility; and $35 million of its requested $125 million for safeguards and security operations.
Funding for SRS came in the aftermath of October's government shutdown. The shutdown resulted in 1,400 employee furloughs from Savannah River Remediation, the Site's liquid waste contractor. In addition, Wackenhut Services Incorporated furloughed 270 employees during the shutdown.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.