S.C. DHEC threatens fines for Savannah River Site cleanup delays

 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said it could fine the federal government $193 million through fiscal year 2016 for missing deadlines to clean and close nuclear waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site.

In a Monday letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, DHEC director Catherine Templeton repeated her criticism of cleanup efforts at the South Carolina site. The letter was in response to a recent revision to a liquid-waste cleanup schedule, pushing back the timeline for closing the Cold War-era storage tanks because of funding cuts.

Templeton called the 37 million gallons of highly radioactive waste “the single largest environmental threat to South Carolina.” She threatened to fine the federal government $105,000 a day for failure to start the Salt Waste Processing Facility and $10,000 a day for failure to close the tanks.

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