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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SRS facility costs increase

Lastest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up - an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost ...
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Federal board to discuss SRS

The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board will meet in Augusta in October to discuss spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste storage and processing.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

College Night brings students, colleges together

About 6,000 people turned out for Thursday's event to investigate more than 140 colleges and seven professional societies.
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

CSRA College Night planned

Aspiring college students in the Augusta and Aiken area have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 140 colleges, talk with 10 professional societies and win scholarships during the ...
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

SRNS head speaks at chamber event

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Carol Johnson speaks at Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce event.
By Jenna Martin | Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

MOX contractor requests extension

The contractor of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site quietly requested from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission a 10-year extension for construction activities.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

SRS completes sodium reactor fuel dissolution

Dangerously corroded spent nuclear fuel stored at Savannah River Site has been dissolved after a 2011 federal report indicated it needed immediate processing.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

SRS tank closure extension denied

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control denied a request to postpone the closure date for two nuclear waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

SRS basin improved to prevent water discharges

After rainwater seeped inside a nuclear waste vault at Savannah River Site, liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation has made improvements in an effort to prevent future discharges of ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Nuclear workers learn about medical benefits

On Wednesday, hundreds of former nuclear workers learned more about filing claims for medical benefits available for illnesses related to work in the nuclear industry.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

SRS removes cobweblike bacteria colonies

A mysterious bacteria growing on Savannah River Site's spent nuclear fuel storage basins has been removed using a special vacuum.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Meetings planned on health benefits for nuclear workers

The U.S. Labor Department is hosting two town hall meetings on Wednesday to provide public information on medical benefits available for some nuclear workers.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Report: Aging SRS infrastructure needs updates

Federal budget constraints have mounted to more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance costs for Savannah River Site's Cold War-era infrastructure, leading to more expensive future capital ...
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Young nuclear workers meeting in Augusta

Young minds from the nuclear industry will converge on Augusta next week for an annual meeting focused on advancing nuclear power in the United States.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Aug 8, 2014

SRS contractor joins education partnership

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor at Savannah River Site, has joined a partnership at Augusta Technical College for nuclear education.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

New SRS advisory board members wanted

The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board is accepting applications for panel members to serve during its 2015-2017 term.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Energy secretary talks MOX funding

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the ...
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, July 28, 2014

Grants help nuclear education

Nearly $4 million in federal grants have expanded education and training for nuclear science students at five local colleges to help meet workforce demands at nuclear sites in Georgia and South ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Energy secretary to visit SRS

Ernest Moniz will meet with workers, local elected officials and stakeholders to discuss the site's role in national security, environmental stewardship and development of environmental ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Concerns over hazardous SRS building addressed

Significant progress has been made addressing ongoing concerns over plutonium hazards in an empty building at Savannah River Site, according to an official.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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