SRS offering more tours of site to the public

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday, January 13, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's former nuclear weapons complex is again offering the public an opportunity to tour the facility.

Members of the public can sign up for the tours that start Thursday at the Savannah River Site. Organizers say they are offering 30 driving tours in 2011, with about 1,500 openings.

Guests will be given an overview and safety briefing before the four-hour tour. Savannah River officials say visitors can learn about how the U.S. Department of Energy has used the site and what happens there now.

The 310-square-mile site once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up areas of the site contaminated during weapons production and sealing off former reactor sites with concrete.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press)

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