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NRC holds MOX hearing today

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:09 AM
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NRC holding public meeting over MOX plant

Federal regulators are holding a public meeting to discuss a project to create mixed-oxide fuel at a former nuclear weapons site in South Carolina.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is having the open session today at the Savannah River Research Campus in New Ellenton.

Construction on the MOX facility began at the Savannah River Site in 2007. Officials say the plant will be used to convert weapons grade plutonium into fuel that will be sold to run commercial power reactors.

The SRS complex once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Officials say the nearly $5 billion MOX facility is on schedule and should be running in 2016.


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