The Washington suburbs are getting a much better bang for their buck with an overhaul of their refrigeration system
A new program that pays for upgrades to the federal refrigerant refrigeration plant in northern Virginia will be paying for about half of the cost.
Under the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend about $5 million to upgrade equipment and facilities that are at risk of overheating and catching fire, according to a new letter to Congress.
The federal government has long been working to keep refrigeration systems running safely and efficiently.
In a recent report, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that it costs about $50 billion annually to maintain the refrigeration infrastructure in the U, and the program to replace it will cost $9.8 billion over the next decade.
The program, which also includes buying new refrigeration products, is expected to save the federal government about $3 billion over its 10-year life span, according a report by the U to Congress and the Government Accountability Office.
The new refrigerant facility, located at the Virginia-Washington National Historic Site, has been a focus of criticism from environmental groups, who say it is dangerous for the environment and an eyesore to the community.
The facility is surrounded by wetlands and wildlife, which has led some residents to question whether it should be in the national park.
The letter to the House of Representatives and Senate from the Department says the cost savings will be “directly attributable to the modernization of this critical national security facility, and will support its continued use for national security needs.”
The program was first announced in June, and has received $10.4 million from the Agriculture Department, according an Agriculture Department official.
The USDA said in a statement that the federal department would spend about half the total cost of the project, and that it would spend another $5.5 million toward the cost of purchasing replacement equipment.
The department will also purchase about 30 new air filters, as well as about 1,000 new air bags, the USDA said.
The agency also plans to hire about 40 new maintenance and support staff to operate the facility, which will help maintain refrigeration safety.