The contractor building the U.S. Government's $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site was accepted recently into the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control's Environmental Excellence Program.
Shaw AREVA MOX Services, the company responsible for the design and construction of the National Nuclear Security Administration facility, demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system to qualify for the honor.
The company has also been free of any state environmental violations for the five years the construction project has been under way.
DHEC's deputy commissioner, Robert W. King Jr., presented the award during a site visit on Monday.
The MOX plant is designed to dispose of plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by blending it with uranium to make fuel suitable for commercial power reactors.