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MOX facility at Savannah River Site placed on standby while alternatives assessed

Special to SEGAZINE

The National Nuclear Security Administration will begin shutting down Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility while it assesses alternative ways to dispose of plutonium.

The mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has cost taxpayers $3.9 billion, according the National Nuclear Security Administration. It is about 60 percent complete.

In recent years, the Obama administration has slowed funding for the MOX project that has cost taxpayers $3.9 billion on so far, according to the NNSA. Cost estimates for the program’s life cycle had risen to $30 billion.

The Augusta Chronicle.

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