SRS to offer public tours

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Ever wonder what lies beyond the security gates at Savannah River Site?

About 300 people will be offered spots in six public tours of the site in March as part of a trial program to explore tourism as an additional use for the U.S. Department of Energy area.

“DOE has one of the richest, most diverse histories in the federal government,” said Jeff Allison, Manager of DOE Savannah River. “We want to give interested public a look ‘inside the fence’ at the important work of SRS as part of the Cold War effort, our current efforts and what we hope to do in the future.”

Tour participation is on a first-come, first-served basis through online registration only. Participants are allowed to request up to two tour slots for their party and will only be allowed to participate in one tour per calendar year.

Two tours will be offered each day on March 5, 11 and 24. Morning tours will include a drive-by of Ellenton and afternoon tours will include a drive-by of Dunbarton, two of six towns and several small communities that had to be relocated to make way for the Savannah River Site.

“We are very excited about this pilot program and hope to be able to offer more tours in the fall,” said Chuck Munns, President and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, the Site’s management and operating contractor. “We have a robust tour program; however, it’s been limited to mission-related tours for nearly a decade now. It’s time to welcome back members of the general public and give them a glimpse of this national asset and its significant historical contributions.”

Tours will last about three hours and will begin and end at the Aiken County Center for Hydrogen Research campus near the Site. Tour participants must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old, have valid photo identification (required on the day of the tour), and provide their full name (as stated on their photo identification) and birth date. Participants will be required to provide their Social Security number on the day of the tour and security checks will be conducted prior to each tour.

For more information or to register for a tour, visit and click on “About SRS” for the SRS Tour Program or use the direct link to

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disssman 01/26/09 - 04:20 pm
I will bet this made

I will bet this made headlines in the terrorist newspapers. And what do we do next give out pamphlets about the security?

iletuknow 01/26/09 - 06:42 pm
Everyone knows: massive

Everyone knows: massive taxpayer waste.

SandyK2005 01/26/09 - 09:40 pm
Got to be freaking crazy,

Got to be freaking crazy, truly. Don't have to worry about foreign terrorists we have enough domestic types as it is. >:(

JimiBob 01/27/09 - 12:13 am
Just don't drink the water.

Just don't drink the water. And don't touch anything.

Rob Pavey 01/27/09 - 03:01 pm
no stopping or standing

no stopping or standing either.

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