Administration outlines Department of Energy Budget

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Trump administration is proposing a Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy Budget of $30.6 billion.  

According to the Department, the budget is intended to advance U.S. national security and economic growth through transformative science and technology innovation that promotes affordable and reliable energy.  It is also aimed at meeting the country's nuclear security and environmental cleanup challenges.

Key to the Idaho National Laboratory is an overall $2.8 billion budget for naval reactor programs.

The budget outlines $54 million for advanced small modular reactor research and development.  It also includes $432 million for overall energy storage and advanced reactor technologies, including small modular reactors.  NuScale is moving forward with plans to construct small modular reactors at the Idaho site.

It outlines $578 million to achieve exascale and quantum computing.  A super computer construction project is already in development in Idaho Falls.

On the down side, the budget calls for $359 million to continue environmental cleanup operations in Idaho.  That is $31 million less than allocated in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The budget includes funding for the comission and startup of the integrated waste treatment unit and operation of the advanced mixed waste treatment facility. 

You can view the budget outline here.  

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