UK official plans nuke facility tour in SC

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AIKEN  — The United Kingdom's energy chief is visiting a former nuclear weapons plant.

The Aiken Standard reports that the chief of the U.K.'s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is visiting the Savannah River Site Friday. Tony Fountain is in the U.S. for a week.

The 310-square-mile SRS complex once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs but now is focused primarily on research and cleaning up areas contaminated during weapons production. Fountain says he wants to see how American sites handle challenges and opportunities associating with that cleanup.

He also wants to tour the mixed-oxide fuel project. Construction on the facility to convert weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel called MOX began in 2007. Officials say the facility is on schedule and should be running in 2016.

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