SRS moves toward accepting German nuke waste

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Friday, May 30, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- The Savannah River Site is moving toward the possibility of shipping radioactive nuclear waste from Germany to South Carolina.

The U.S. Energy Department is considering shipping used nuclear fuel containing 900 kilograms of highly enriched uranium from Germany to the site, where it would be processed and disposed.

On Thursday, agency officials said they had signed a notice of intent to study the environmental impact of the proposal.

In April, Energy officials signed a separate agreement with German research facilities offering to evaluate accepting, processing and disposing of the waste at Savannah River.

A public meeting on the issue is scheduled for June 24. Some critics oppose the plan because it would bring more nuclear waste to South Carolina.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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