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Arms bill could funnel $93 million to Nevada

WASHINGTON — A Boulder City research company would receive $8 million next year from a $459 billion defense bill approved by voice vote this week in the Senate.

Overall, the bill includes more than $26 million for Southern Nevada projects and almost $67 million for Northern Nevada projects.

President Bush has vowed to veto the bill because it exceeds his request by more than $2 billion.

Almost one-third of the Southern Nevada money would go to Rocky Research of Boulder City. Rocky Research would receive:

• $4 million to develop energy efficient devices to help the Army’s Missile Defense Agency avoid the cost of installing larger air conditioning plants.

• $3 million to develop technology to remove heat from military electronic systems.

• $1 million to develop self-cooling armor material.

The Metals Affordability Initiative Association of Henderson would receive $5 million to reduce the cost of manufacturing materials for the military without sacrificing quality.

Noninvasive Medical Technologies Inc. of Las Vegas would receive $3.6 million to minimize the exposure of low-flying aircraft to threats from the battlefield.

American Pacific Corp. of Las Vegas would receive $3 million to develop a potable water system.

O2Diesel Inc., which is based at Nellis Air Force Base, would receive $2 million to reduce exhaust emissions from diesel-fueled vehicles.

Blast Containment Inc. of Henderson would receive $1.8 million to develop a truck that could dispose of roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Nellis program to cut up tanks and other large vehicles that are no longer useful would receive $500,000.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas would receive $1.3 million to construct an electromagnetic facility at the university, and $1.2 million to establish a facility to study advanced computer simulations.

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