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Defense bill includes $11M Kesselring project

Defense bill includes $11M Kesselring project

Plumbing to be replaced at Navy's nuclear training facility
Defense bill includes $11M Kesselring project
A truck bound for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Milton in June
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

MILTON — The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019 includes a nearly $11 million project at the U.S. Navy’s nuclear reactor training site in Saratoga County.

The $10.9 million will cover a relatively small and routine plumbing upgrade. A spokesman for Bechtel Marine Propulsion Company, which operates the Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site in West Milton, said overhead pipes carrying air and water are at the end of their useful life and will be replaced as part of the project. 

U.S. Rep. Elisa Stefanik, D-Willsboro, who accompanied President Trump to Fort Drum on Monday to sign the measure into law, said the appropriation is an important one.

“This funding is critical to ensuring the Kesselring Site remains a top-flight installation in our district, and I will work through the appropriations process to ensure this funding is delivered,” she said in a news release.

The site has hosted training for tens of thousands of sailors who operate nuclear reactors aboard Navy vessels. Plans were announced in 2017 to construct a new building that will house an engine room simulator. That project is expected to cost approximately $180 million.

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