Ryberg pushes for site for SRS waste

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COLUMBIA --- Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, has introduced a resolution urging Congress to continue with plans to use the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada as a repository for high-level radioactive material.

Greg Ryberg: State senator says the federal government needs to fulfill an obligation it made decades ago.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Greg Ryberg: State senator says the federal government needs to fulfill an obligation it made decades ago.

The Savannah River National Laboratory needs a place to send its spent nuclear fuel, he said in a statement.

The resolution, S. 655, was co-sponsored by 22 other senators, including Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, and Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia, who both represent part of Aiken County.

The measure is in response to a decision by the Obama administration to discard plans to use Yucca Mountain to store waste.

"Opening Yucca Mountain will not only fulfill the obligation that Washington made to Savannah River decades ago, but it will also sustain the existence of thousands of good jobs and the creation of many more," said Mr. Ryberg.

"Yucca Mountain is vital to the continued prosperity of Aiken County and the surrounding communities, and we call upon the Federal Government to keep its promise," Mr. Ryberg said.

Federal lawmakers or bodies are not bound by resolutions that are passed by state lawmakers.

Jim Giusti, spokesman for the Savannah River Site, declined to speculate on the implications the Yucca Mountain decision would have on the lab.

"Our position here at SRS is we're going to continue to safely and securely manage all our materials and our waste until such time as we get new direction as to their final disposition."

Earlier this week the federal government announced $1.6 billion in stimulus would be granted to Savannah River Site for use in cleanup projects, bringing with it the creation of approximately 3,000 jobs.

Reach Sarita Chourey at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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Riverman1 04/02/09 - 07:20 am
In addition to what is

In addition to what is already here, get ready for commercial wastes to be sent from all over the country. Harry Reid has killed the billion dollar logical Yucca Mtn solution.

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SCEagle Eye 04/02/09 - 07:42 am
It's totally bizarre that on

It's totally bizarre that on one hand Ryberg pushed for Yucca Mtn and on the other just pushed a bill in the legislature that would make South Carolina the national nuclear dump. Ryberg's legislation would have supported reprocessing in SC, which means bringing spent fuel here from around the country to be dissolved in acid and the plutonium removed. It would be unlikely that the huge volume of resulting liquid, deadly goo would ever leave. Thankfully the Senate saw through Ryberg's scheme and on March 31 he LOST his bill to make SC a nuclear dump. A good day for the environment and people of South Carolina & bad day for narrow special interests who would profit from dumping on SC.

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