WASHINGTON (Aug. 1, 2008)—The FY09 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today, includes $26 million for the Indian Head Division Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The funds are allocated for the following projects:
Energetics Systems and Technology Lab Complex - $12.05 million
The new complex is needed to replace outdated labs and offices with a 21st century modernized facility required to support existing and future needs for the rapid development of new weapons technologies such as thermobaric weapons, Shoulder-Assisted Multipurpose Assault Weapons and defeat technologies for weapons of mass destruction. The new complex will house approximately 96 engineers and scientists and will accommodate new weapons and engineering laboratory as well as inert work space.
Sewage Treatment Plant upgrades at the NSWC Indian Head -$13.93 million
The project upgrades the existing sewage treatment facility to comply with Maryland Department of the Environment water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus levels and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration memorandum of understanding between the United States Department of Defense and the State of Maryland.
In a statement released today, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th) said the construction projects were funded at his request.