Dec 18 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES APPROVAL FOR ANNISTON AREA DEFENSE PROGRAMS

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the approval of the conference report for Fiscal Year 2002 funding for Anniston defense programs.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Conference Committee approved funding for these important Anniston defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security."

CHEMICAL DEMILITARIZATION

Senator Shelby said, "I am very pleased the Conference Committee has agreed to include report language in the Defense Appropriations Bill regarding management of the Chemical Demilitarization Program (CDP) and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). As the start date for operations draws near, it is time for the federal, state and local agencies involved to report on their progress to ensure that every safety measure has been addressed to protect the Anniston and surrounding communities before this facility becomes operational."

M113 FOV UPGRADE PROGRAM

Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $48.6 million for additional vehicle upgrades to the M113 Carrier. This tracked vehicle continues to be one of the workhorses of the U.S. Army. It is a priority for the Army, for me and for my constituents. The work will be completed in the Anniston area."

MISSILE RECYCLING

Senator Shelby said, "I am very pleased the Conference Committee agreed to include $1 million to support establishment of a Missile Recycling Center of Excellence at Anniston Army Depot. This project will transition important technology from Redstone Arsenal to the Depot where a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible recycling capability can be established as an alternative to Open Burn Open Detonation (OBOD) conventional weapon destruction."

M1 ABRAMS TANK

Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes a total of $477.6 million for the Abrams Upgrade Program and M1 Abrams Tank Mods. This funding represents the Army’s strong commitment to recapitalization and modernization of our legacy forces. The M1 Abrams tank has been and continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere. It is the backbone of our heavy forces and has been at the core of the work done at the Anniston Army Depot for many years."

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS

Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $136.7 million for procurement of Hydra 70 Rockets. This weapon gives the Army a critical capability. The rockets are produced in the Anniston area."