Friday, May 2, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW) -- South Carolina has dismissed a lawsuit concerning MOX, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said.
“Although I am disappointed that, once again, the state was forced to seek redress from the courts to protect the citizens of South Carolina from a federal government ignoring the rule of law, we are pleased with the outcome in this case," Wilson said in a release. "The federal government will continue moving forward, at least for now, on this project that is critical to security of our state and country. While this is undoubtedly a victory for South Carolina, its citizens, and all Americans, the battle is not over. We must remain ever vigilant in continuing the fight to uphold the rule of law and ensure that this important program continues.”
The lawsuit was brought on to prevent Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from putting MOX in cold standby.
On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham spoke with Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz about the program who said they would "continue construction of the MOX facility through the end of this fiscal year which ends September 30."
Currently, MOX is 60 percent completed with already having spent $4 billion dollars on the project. More than 1,200 people are employed as part of the construction team.
"When you're hurting the people of South Carolina, we're not going to stand back and take it," South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said in March. "We're going to fight, we're going to be loud, we're going to kick hard, and we're going to do whatever it takes to make sure that D.C. hears us."