Along Savannah River, Nuclear Depot Eyed Warily Despite Safety Assurances

October 2, 2017 by EVA FEDDERLY, Courthouse News

AIKEN, S.C. (CN) – A proposal to ship “highly enriched” nuclear material from Germany to Joint Base Charleston and then transport to the Savannah River Site by rail, is being panned by a citizens group that says the plan is not in the best interest of the general public.

Last week, the Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board voted 10-9 to oppose the shipment of 900 kilograms of uranium. Two members abstained.

The Savannah River Site in Aiken is owned and operated by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Covering roughly 300 square miles in South Carolina counties abutting the Savannah River, its primary mission is to process and store nuclear materials and other hazardous wastes left over from the Cold War.