Sheheen addresses SRS nuclear waste dilemma

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - While the idea of bringing German nuclear waste here to the Savannah River Site is still uncertain, Democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen's position on the proposal is a little bit clearer.

"We don't need German, radioactive nuclear spheres coming to Aiken County," said Sheheen.

Wednesday, he stood beside other Aiken leaders, who also oppose the storage of foreign waste so close to home.

It's all part of his contentious campaign leading up to a November battle at the polls against incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley.

"South Carolina is not going to be a dumping ground, we are not going to allow that to happen," said Haley, in an interview with WFXG back in May.

Haley had previously opposed storing waste from the MOX project at the site without developing it further.

But Sheheen said that stance isn't strong enough.

"We know that were are owed literally thousands of jobs, that were promised to us, that our governor has not fought for," he said.

The South Carolina Democrat says SRS is a vital part of the local economy, when done right.

"It means developing new technologies. It means looking to the future. It doesn't mean becoming the nuclear waste dump for the world, and that's what this proposal really is."

The Department of Energy is still analyzing the proposal before an official decision.

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