Thu., December 17, 2009 2:15pm (EST)

SRS Ships Nuclear Waste to Utah Despite Protest
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
The Savannah River Site will be relocating nearly 15,000 barrels of low-level nuclear waste to a disposal facility in Utah. (image courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)
The Savannah River Site will be relocating nearly 15,000 barrels of low-level nuclear waste to a disposal facility in Utah. (image courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)
More than 5,000 barrels of depleted uranium are making their way by train from the Savannah River Site near Augusta to a disposal facility in Clive, Utah.

This despite protests from Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu earlier this week, Herbert asked the delivery be delayed while his state considers stricter guidelines for nuclear waste disposal.

Officials with the Department of Energy say the letter came too late to stop the shipment.

Frank Marcinowski is a spokesman for the DOE.

"We have been in regular communication with the regulators in Utah as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and we are in compliance with all of the regulatory requirements and, as of now, the shipments are proceeding as planned," he said.

The DOE plans to move a total of 15,000 barrels of waste from SRS to the Utah facility by the Spring of next year.