U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., asked federal officials to minimize budget cuts to the Savannah River Site in a letter to the Budget Conference Committee in Washington, D.C.

Sent on Thursday morning, Wilson’s letter stated that sequestration cuts are necessary; however, cuts to SRS is not the way to balance the budget.

“Making arbitrary cuts to essential defense and radioactive environmental cleanup missions is not the way to balance our budget,” Wilson stated in his letter. “This will only jeopardize our national security, and at the same time drive up costs for the projects in the out years.”

Wilson’s letter outlined several projects currently taking place at SRS and the difficulty the Site has faced due to recent layoffs and furloughs.

“SRS has been forced to furlough and layoff thousands of workers over the last year. It is imperative that we make reductions in spending, but we must make sound decisions about what funds are decreased,” he wrote.

Wilson also stated that he voted against the Budget Control Act because he feels sequestration cuts would decimate military capabilities and strategic national security assets.

“It is my hope that a reasonable solution to the arbitrary sequestration cuts is found while providing a blueprint that will put our country on a more sustainable path,” he added.

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.