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Monday, April 18, 2011 - 11:00am

Nuclear Equipment Heading To Japan

Thousands of dollars of nuclear equipment at the Savannah River Site near Augusta is nearly ready for shipment to Japan.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy say it will help the country deal with radiation leaking from its tsunami-damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

The shipment includes stainless steel tanks that can store thousands of gallons of radioactive liquid. Another item is a mobile lab fitted with sensors that test water for contamination says SRS spokesman Jim Giusti.

"The equipment is used to monitor water or any type of liquid to be able to determine what contaminants are in it," says Giusti. "We’re shipping that to Japan so that they can use it any way they need to in the recovery of the reactor or the site around the reactor."

Giusti says the equipment will likely be making a one-way trip.

"It’s surplus to the site [and] we don’t need it for our operations so we’re going to give it to the Japanese with the assumption that it would not come back to us, " says Giusti.

The transfer is a diplomatic exchange between governments.

No definite schedule has been set for the shipment.