Judge grants injunction for MOX project, work will continue

Judge grants injunction for MOX project, work will continue
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AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A federal judge in South Carolina has granted a preliminary injunction to the state, putting a temporary halt to the closing of the much-maligned MOX facility at the Savannah River Site. Judge J. Michelle Childs issued the ruling at around 6 p.m., Thursday, June 7.

In the injunction, which you can read in full below, the State claims that closing the MOX Project would cause irreparable harm. A Partial Stop Work Order has already been issued and the State claimed that if a Full Stop Work Order were to be issued, the facility would lose its employees and could not recover, even if the project continued.

Based on the foregoing, the court GRANTS the State's Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 5). During the pendency of this lawsuit, the court enjoins the Federal Defendants' May 10 decisions to terminate and cease construction of the MOX Facility and its intent to pursue the Dilute and Dispose approach to plutonium disposition. The Partial Stop Work Order issued on May 14, 2018 is vacated and the Federal Defendants are prevented from issuing a full stop work 1:18-cv-01431-JMC Date Filed 06/07/18 Entry Number 23 Page 35 of 36 36 order on or before June 11, 2018, or thereafter, unless otherwise determined by this court. Consequently, the Federal Defendants are to maintain the status quo by continuing the MOX Project.

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