Lawmakers urge president to complete MOX project

Lawmakers urge president to complete MOX project

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, SC (WFXG) - Lawmakers are still asking the Obama administration to finish the construction of a South Carolina plant that would turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

House members, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and U.S. Reps. Paul Broun and John Barrow, wrote a letter Monday to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stressing the importance of completing the construction of the mixed-oxide fuel facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site.

The facility would help the U.S. dispose of excess weapons-grade plutonium as mandated by the U.S.-Russia Plutonium Disposition Agreement.

The Obama administration has placed the project on cold standby, and South Carolina is suing the federal government over that decision.

Wilson said the federal government's decision to halt work on the MOX project "jeopardizes national security and will cost taxpayers millions of dollars without a return on investment."

Along with Wilson, 20 other members of Congress signed the letter to Moniz, including the entire S.C. delegation. Read the full letter here.

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