MOX facility lumber donation helps schools, cuts disposal costs

Scrap lumber from construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility will be reused as classroom materials for students in carpentry training programs at schools in South Carolina and Georgia.

Shaw AREVA MOX Services, which is building the 600,000-square-foot MOX facility at Savannah River Site, is donating the scrap lumber and transporting it to several education centers weekly. The scrap lumber and wood products include temporary stairways and walkways that are no longer needed, dismantled forms from concrete pours and wooden crates.

Recipients are Harlem High School; Evans High School; Aiken High School; Midland Valley High School; Barnwell County Career Center in Blackwell, S.C.; Denmark Technical College in Denmark, S.C.; Strom Thurmond Career Center in Johnston, S.C.; Allendale-Fairfax High School in Allendale, S.C.; Wagener-Salley High School in Wagener, S.C.; Jefferson County High School in Louisville, Ga.; and Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Ga.

By recycling the wood, the MOX project could save as much as $50,000 annually in disposal costs and more than 136,000 cubic feet of space in a landfill.

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