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CNTA co-hosts legislative update

July 14, 2017 GMT

A local nuclear group co-hosted an event highlighting a South Carolina legislative update concerning nuclear industry issues.

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, also known as CNTA, partnered with Savannah River Site Women in Nuclear, also known as SRS-WIN, to host the event.

The event was sponsored by Stoller Newport News Nuclear, also knowns as SN3, and was highlighted by guest speaker Matt Blackwell.

Blackwell is a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson.

The event was held at Newberry Hall in Aiken, with approximately 90 people in attendance.

These included members of CNTA, members of SRS’s executive leadership, SRS-WIN members and other SRS employees.

Blackwell spoke about D.C. politics and the nuclear industry, focusing on the particulars of setting a federal budget.

“CNTA was excited to partner with SRS-WIN for this event,” said Executive Director of CNTA Jim Marra. “We are always looking for ways to advocate for and educate about nuclear. Matt helped the audience understand more about how politics plays into decisions that affect us all.”

Blackwell also explained the process and options if Congress fails to pass an annual budget, including continuing resolutions and reprogramming.

“The timing for this talk turned out to be excellent,” said SRS-WIN Leading Group Representative Kela Lofton. “It was great to get some candid perspective on how funding decisions are made in light of President Donald Trump’s FY18 budget just being released.”