Savannah River Site

When the Cold War began in the 1950s, the nation called on Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale counties to provide about 200,000 acres of farmland and forest. Nearly 1,500 families were displaced in the name of freedom and protection from Soviet Communism.

The federal government put more than 38,000 people to work by September 1952, toiling around the clock toward the production of plutonium and uranium needed for hydrogen and atomic bombs.

The first reactor churned out bomb material in 1953 and kept producing it for decades. But the Cold War came to an end in the early 1990s without even one missile carrying SRS material being fired.

In the late 1980s, production by the site's aging reactors slowed and eventually stopped as they were mothballed. The business of bombs at SRS turned to the labor of cleanup during the 1990s, and the work force went from about 25,000 to about 13,000.

Today's SRS advocates say the site must diversify to branch out into new missions.

The lab has a glut of hydrogen experience, which is being used at the Center for Hydrogen Research.

There are hopes that Aiken County could become a hub for hydrogen as the field expands, attracting various manufacturers to capitalize on the growing market.

Waste removal is a primary concern at the plant, as millions of gallons of waste and other Cold War byproducts are stored in underground tanks. Remediation efforts are some of the biggest ongoing operations at the facility.

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Processing back online at SRS facility

Savannah River Site has restarted a process in its H Canyon facility that will allow uranium from spent nuclear fuel currently stored there to be shipped out of South Carolina.
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Leadership change ahead for SRS's largest contractor

Carol Johnson, president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, on Tuesday notified employees she would return to the "personal plans that were placed on hold" in June 2014 when she came out ...
By Damon Cline | Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

New technology allows SRS better pool monitoring

The Environmental Compliance Sampling Collection tool was developed by SRNS' Environmental Monitoring and Information Technology (I.T.) groups.
Friday, Aug 5, 2016

SRS board votes to officially oppose accepting German spent nuclear fuel

The spent fuel, which comes from two German reactors that have ceased operations, originated in the U.S.
By John Boyette | Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Westinghouse awarded radioactive waste contract

Westinghouse Electric Co., has been awarded a contract to help in the removal of radioactive waste from underground storage tanks at Savannah River Site.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SRS pump transfer touted as cost savings move

Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at SRS, redeployed two existing mixing pumps from the F Tank Farm to the H Tank Farm instead of purchasing new ones, which can cost more ...
Monday, July 4, 2016

Waste rule change affects Savannah River Site

The Department of Energy has issued new criteria for the acceptance of transuranic waste at the Waste Iso­lation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
Sunday, July 3, 2016

Savannah River Site board seeking new members

According to a CAB news release, there will soon be six openings on the board.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ceremony marks completion of SRS plant

The plant that will be a key component in processing radioactive liquid waste at Savannah River Site was officially deemed completed Tues­day.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Advocate for SRS feels free to give out criticism as well

The Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organiza­tion is one of 15 agencies created to help communities cope with massive layoffs at energy sites in the 1990s when the U.S. stopped making ...
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, June 17, 2016

Objections raised to German waste at Savannah River Site

The Palmetto State is suing the DOE for missing a deadline in federal law to process nuclear material generated by SRS itself, and the state opposes storing additional material at the site.
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, June 10, 2016

Japanese plutonium arrives at SRS

COLUMBIA - A shipment of plutonium from Japan arrived Monday at Savannah River Site, despite objections from Gov. Nikki Haley to her state being used as storage for such materials.
By Meg Kinnard | Monday, June 6, 2016

SRS, nonprofit honored with sustainability prize

The SRS Community Re­use Or­gan­ization and Sa­van­nah River Site management team have jointly received a prestigious Depart­ment of Energy recognition.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

SRS celebrates tank closure, 20th anniversary of defense-waste processing

Monica Regalbuto, assistant secretary of the Department of Energy for environmental management, and senior federal officials will join the leadership of the contractors operating the Defense Waste ...
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Students visit nuclear site to learn about environment

The SRS Technology En­richment Program brings students and teachers together with scientists on the site from the U.S. Department of Ene­rgy, Savannah River Nu­clear Solutions and the ...
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, May 6, 2016

Review is mixed on MOX

The Department of Energy gave the consortium building the mixed-oxide fuel processing facility at Savannah River Site an overall grade of 49 percent in its most recent annual ...
By Walter C. Jones | Thursday, April 28, 2016

SRS celebrating new melter

The 65-ton Melter 2 has poured slightly more than 10.4 million pounds of glassified waste at the Defense Waste Processing Facility while its predecessor processed 5.2 million pounds during its ...
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Senate panel votes for MOX funding cuts

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water voted $270 million for construction of a mixed-oxide production facility, a process of stabilizing weapons-grade plutonium. The House ...
By Walter C. Jones | Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SRS contractor resumes full operations

The contractor managing the Savannah River Site is now operating at full speed six months after a procedures violation triggered a slowdown.
By Walter C. Jones | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Putin opposed to scrapping MOX

Russian President Vladimir Putin objects to the Obama administration's plans to scrap the reprocessing of bomb-grade plutonium into fuel for electricity generation.
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, April 8, 2016
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