"The Obama administration prioritizes unnecessary government spending of Obama priorities and projects over national security needs, such as the MOX project. The administration's choice of the Aerospace Corporation to conduct the recent cost assessment of the MOX facility — compounded with the curious timing of DOE's release of the study's findings a week before the House Armed Services and Appropriations committees considering appropriations for this facility — raise concern about the administration's intentions to fulfill our international obligations," Mr. Wilson said. "Their findings, which are double the cost determined by the Government Office of Accountability (GAO), raise questions as to the accuracy of the study."
"The future of the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site is vital to our national security due to its implications on our nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the Russian Federation," said Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican. "This one-of-a-kind facility will serve as America's means to honor the agreement between our two nations and allow us to force Russia to dispose of the agreed-upon 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. Now, more than ever, it is important to continue construction of MOX, as tensions rise while Russia continues its hostile actions on neighboring countries."