Tue., September 4, 2012 6:57am (EDT)

MOX Public Hearing Tuesday
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.  —  
The U.S. Energy Department is holding a public hearing Tuesday at the North Augusta Municipal Center to discuss mixed-oxide fuel at the Savannah River Site near Augusta. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.)
The U.S. Energy Department is holding a public hearing Tuesday at the North Augusta Municipal Center to discuss mixed-oxide fuel at the Savannah River Site near Augusta. (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.)
Federal officials are meeting to discuss mixed-oxide fuel at an old nuclear weapons site near Augusta.

The U.S. Energy Department is holding a public hearing Tuesday at the North Augusta Municipal Center.

The meeting is one of several the Energy Department is holding around the country to discuss an environmental impact statement for the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site.

Construction on the MOX facility began in 2007. Officials say the plant will be used to convert weapons grade plutonium into fuel that will be sold to run commercial power reactors.

The SRS complex once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Officials say the nearly $5 billion MOX facility is on schedule and should be running in 2016.