Funding could help expand Joint Base Charleston’s Nuclear Power Training School

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Money may soon be on the way to expand the nuclear power training school on Joint Base Charleston.

Congressman Joe Cunningham on Wednesday announced that he introduced an amendment to the disaster relief supplemental package that would help restore funding for the expansion.

That package will be considered by the House later this week.

Cunningham says the Air Force needs an additional $270 million in supplemental funding to repair air force bases damaged by recent hurricanes and flooding.  hurricanes and flooding

If the Air Force does not receive this funding, it will result in fund diversion from 61 projects in 18 states, including the expansion of the nuclear power training school. 

In a statement, Cunningham said: “The Lowcountry is one of only two places in the nation that teaches students the highly-technical skills needed to operate and maintain our nuclear-powered, naval fleet.”

The Cunningham Amendment would provide the Air Force with the necessary supplemental funding to avoid diversion from critical military projects.

“The expansion of Goose Creek’s nuclear power training school is just one of the critical military construction projects across the country that could be up for grabs if we do not provide the Air Force sufficient funds. I am proud to introduce this amendment and I urge my colleagues to offer their support.”

The school one of two in the country, and will be the only nuclear school from 2020-2022 when the other school at Ballston Spa, N.Y., closes for maintenance. 

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