Republican senators from South Carolina and Georgia want the Obama administration to keep funding a program to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. The MOX plant under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken is part of a nonproliferation effort.
Federal officials are meeting to discuss mixed-oxide fuel at an old nuclear weapons site near Augusta. 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.
Work is picking up at the mixed-oxide fuel plant under construction at the Savannah River Site near Augusta. So federal regulators are spending more time reviewing the project as it nears completion in 2016. Regulators met with the public Tuesday to answer questions and provide updates about the U.S. Department of Energy plant, which is roughly 60 percent complete.
A nuclear weapons recycling facility under construction near Augusta is having a hard time keeping workers on the job. Officials say expansion of the country’s commercial nuclear power industry could be to blame.