Plans by the state to conduct radiation tests in areas close to a former nuclear weapons plant near Augusta have been put on hold. It’s because the U.S. Department of Energy can’t fund the program until its budget is passed.
A federal panel charged with finding new ways to store high level nuclear waste will tour the Savannah River Site near Augusta Thursday. The Blue Ribbon Commission for America’s Nuclear Future was created by the Obama administration last year after it scrapped plans for a waste repository at Yucca Mountain near Las Vegas.
An environmental group says, taxpayers are being kept in the dark about an $8 billion federal loan guarantee to build the nation's first new nuclear reactors in 30 years. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is suing the U.S. Energy Department over Southern Company's plan to build reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The group's director says, they've tried for months to get information about the program, but are getting no cooperation.