Carolina Nuclear Plant to
January 23, 2006
The Energy Department
is preparing to consolidate plutonium at the Savannah River Site near
Aiken, South Carolina, in one place to strengthen defense against terrorism.
Officials said the move will also allow them to better monitor the material.
Agency documents said plutonium will be moved from a former production
site to a former nuclear reactor where there are other stockpiles of the
Perry Holcomb a member of the Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory
Board said that the new facility will be more secure.
A 2003 study by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said current
storage at the Savannah River Site lacks proper fire protection, ventilation
and filtration. The report also cited the need for the ability to remove
plutonium from storage containers to ensure its stability.