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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 7:00am

Waste Tanks Sealing Ahead Of Schedule

Updated: 2 years ago.
Radioactive Tank 19 at Savannah River Site is shown in this photo taken before grouting work began. Work began to seal underground radioactive waste tanks on April 2 and is expected to last through late summer. Savannah River Site officials say they are weeks ahead of schedule on capping the tanks. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy/Savannah River Site.)

Officials at the Savannah River Site said they have poured more than 1 million gallons of grout into two underground radioactive waste tanks.

Authorities at the former nuclear weapons complex near Augusta said Wednesday that work to fill and seal the twin 1.3-million gallon tanks is now weeks ahead of schedule.

Work began on the tanks on April 2 and is expected to last through late summer.

One of the site's chief goals is to eliminate the danger from radioactive waste at the site that used to make nuclear bombs.