Edwards Secures Possible Funding for A&M Research Programs

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Two national research programs at Texas A&M may soon get a boost from Washington.

Congressman Chet Edwards says he has secured $3 million in the 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee Thursday.

Two million of that funding will go to the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute at Texas A&M. The funding helps A&M create a resource for the U.S. Department of Energy to solve key nuclear security problems and produce the next generation of nuclear security experts.

The nuclear engineering program at Texas A&M is considered the largest and fastest growing program in the United States.

"Protecting our nation from nuclear terrorism must be a top national priority, and my long term goal is to see that Texas A&M plays a national leadership role in nuclear terrorism prevention. When the Department of Energy turns to a research institution for expert advice on nuclear terrorism issues, I want them to turn to Texas A&M University," said Edwards.

Edwards also secured $1 million for development of biofuels at the BioEnergy Alliance. The BioEnergy Alliance is a partnership between the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M to respond to the worldwide need to develop the next generation of clean, renewable alternative energy sources.

The bill must still pass the House and Senate and be signed by the President.