RELEASE: Fleischmann, Thornberry Visit Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN— This morning, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), member of the House Appropriations Committee, welcomed Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to visit Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“I am thrilled Chairman Thornberry was able to join me this morning,” Fleischmann said. “I have always been incredibly proud of the work done by both Y-12 and Oak Ridge and their contributions to our nation. Y-12’s dedication to the fulfillment of our national security mission is unique and produces extraordinary results. The cutting-edge technology pioneered at Oak Ridge allows our nation to continue to lead the world in scientific developments. Chairman Thornberry is extremely knowledgeable and I appreciate his insight and willingness to continue our work together.”
Congressman Fleischmann and Chairman Thornberry toured Y-12 to view the initial construction of the new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), which will offer a more modern, efficient replacement to a previously used facility.
Shortly after, they visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where the Congressman and Chairman had a firsthand opportunity to view the laboratory’s work leading the nation in supercomputing technology.
“I appreciate Congressman Fleischmann’s invitation to visit the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Chairman Thornberry. “Chuck has been a strong advocate for the innovative technology and science that has been produced in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Scientific development, like what I have seen here, is extremely important to our national security. The cooperative efforts of the facilities we toured, and the rest of the nuclear enterprise, provide invaluable contributions to our national defense missions.”