Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Canada's nuclear energy officials are shipping spent radioactive waste on a long road to a South Carolina reprocessing center, where it'll be made into new reactor fuel.
The Greenville News reports the Savannah River Site near Aiken will start receiving convoys of the highly radioactive liquid waste containing weapons-grade uranium sometime next year.
The waste comes from the Chalk River Laboratories in Canada. It was part of a process to make a medical product used to diagnose and treat diseases. Officials won't say when the waste shipments will begin or what route they will take for security reasons.
Spent nuclear fuel is already stored and waste is being reprocessed at Savannah River, which once produced material for atomic bombs and now focuses on research and cleaning up contaminated areas.
(The Associated Press. 2013)