Nov 14 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR ALABAMA ENERGY AND WATER PROJECTS

Senate Approves FY 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Senate approval of several funding requests for Alabama projects included in the fiscal year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The FY 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 84 - 4, now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for many important energy and water projects across Alabama. This legislation reflects our commitment to protecting the waterways and energy resources in Alabama and throughout the country.”

Tuscaloosa Army Corps of Engineers Office Relocation - $4 Million

The relocation of the Tuscaloosa Army Corps of Engineers Program Office will allow the City of Tuscaloosa to move forward with its ongoing development of a riverwalk. The Corps of Engineers currently occupies waterfront property vital to the City’s riverwalk project that includes public parks and recreation areas, and adds to the larger downtown revitalization plan. Additionally, relocation of the current facility will allow the Corps to consolidate offices, improve security, separate Government Owned Contractor Operated facilities from Government offices, and upgrade maintenance facilities.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Committee saw the merits of this important project for the Corps of Engineers and downtown Tuscaloosa. These funds will compliment the City’s efforts to revitalize downtown and ensure long-term, economic growth in the area. I share the belief of City leaders, residents, and business-owners that the completion of these important development projects is the key to a brighter future for Tuscaloosa.”

Auburn University Alternative Fuel Source Study of Cement Kilns - $1 Million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for this project at Auburn University. In coordination with LaFarge North America’s facility in Alabama, Auburn University’s laboratories will be used to study the conversion of alternate fuel sources for cement production.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham Radiation Oncology Functional Imaging Program - $1 Million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to develop a functional imagining program to improve the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s ability to meet the needs of patients diagnosed with cancer. This process as a part of the treatment of cancer, will increase cure rates and reduce side effects for patients treated with radiation.”

Appalachian Regional Commission - $66,472,000

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will allow the Appalachian Regional Commission to continue their work to bring economic development and increased infrastructure to this region of the United States.”

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) - $12 Million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased the bill maintains the Senate passed funding level for the DRA. The Delta Regional Authority is an eight state region of the country, including 20 counties in Alabama, eligible for additional transportation and infrastructure funding, as well as funds for economic development and skills training.”

WATERWAY PROJECTS

The legislation provides funds for a number of Alabama waterway projects. Senator Shelby said, “Alabama’s waters are an important part of our national inland waterway transportation system, while serving as an economic necessity for businesses in Alabama and across the nation. Numerous industries depend on an efficient waterway infrastructure to transport goods, and adequate funding is critical in order to avoid interruptions to the river flow traffic.”

The bill has provided funding for a number of Army Corps of Engineers projects in Alabama. These funds have been provided for the Corps' ongoing operation and maintenance activities on the waterways listed below:

• Alabama - Coosa Comprehensive Water Study - $162,000

• Alabama - Coosa River - $2,782,000

• Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers - $2,500,000

• Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway - $22,117,000

• Gulf Intracoastal Waterway - $3,645,000

• Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam - $7,369,000

• Millers Ferry Lock and Dam, William Bill Dannelly Lake - $7,315,000

• Mobile Harbor - $18,223,000

• Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam - $6,413,000

• Tennessee River O & M - $18,537,000

• Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway - $24,000,000

• Tennessee Tombigbee Wildlife Mitigation Payments - $2,000,000

• Walter F. George Lock and Dam - $6,454,000

• West Point Lake and Dam - $10,304,000

These funds have been provided under the Corps’ Continuing Authorities Program:

• Dauphin Island Restoration Project for beneficial use of dredged materials - $439,000

• Chattahoochee Fall Line Ecosystem Restoration Project - $250,000

These funds have been provided for the Corps’ General Investigations works:

• Brewton and East Brewton, AL levees - $75,000

• Village Creek, Jefferson County (Birmingham Watershed) flood study - $100,000

These funds have been provided to the Corps for construction and major rehabilitation projects on the following waterways:

• Mobile Harbor, AL - $2,000,000

• Walter F. George Powerplant, AL & GA - $4,121,000

• Kentucky Lock and Dam, KY - $23,000,000

• Chickamauga Lock, TN - $10,000,000

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