Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has told the U.S. energy secretary she wants something done with 37 million gallons of waste at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.
Haley talked with the Aiken Standard about a discussion with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Washington D.C. earlier this week.
Haley says Moniz is committed to try to improve funding for the old nuclear weapons complex to deal with the waste.
The governor said the Moniz said it will be harder to find funding for an operation to turn old weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.
The mixed-oxide fuel plant is part of an international effort to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium.
The Obama administration has said that high costs for the plant may make it unaffordable.
(The Associated Press. 2013)