SC dismisses lawsuit against federal government over MOX facility

SC dismisses lawsuit against federal government over MOX facility

South Carolina is dismissing a lawsuit against the federal government concerning the mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) fabrication facility at the Savannah River Site, Attorney General Alan Wilson said.

State officials filed the lawsuit in March after the federal government put construction of the facility on "cold standby."

But U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Tuesday that the federal government has committed to continuing construction of the MOX facility through the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

"Although I am disappointed that, once again, the state was forced to seek redress from the courts to protect the citizens of South Carolina from a federal government ignoring the rule of law, we are pleased with the outcome in this case," Wilson said. "The federal government will continue moving forward, at least for now, on this project that is critical to security of our state and country.

"While this is undoubtedly a victory for South Carolina, its citizens, and all Americans, the battle is not over," Wilson said. "We must remain ever vigilant in continuing the fight to uphold the rule of law and ensure that this important program continues."

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