- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Federal regulators have found no violations at a Savannah River Site project where old nuclear weapons materials are planned to be turned into reactor fuel.

The contractor building the mixed-oxide fuel facility said in a news release Wednesday that the inspection period ending Sept. 30 marked the fourth quarter in a row that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had found no problems.

The project is part of an agreement with Russia to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. Construction began in 2007, but the project is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.

Officials say NRC inspections are done to determine if authorized activities have been done safely and in accordance with NRC requirements. Inspectors reviewed areas including construction, equipment and software.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide