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South Carolina Bill to compensate the region for federal govt’s failure to clean up plutonium contamination

The Senate Finance plan is a big win for our region,” Young said Wednesday. “Since 2015, our county’s legislative delegation has worked to address the federal government’s failure to remove the stored plutonium and the failure to fulfill the” promise of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, a never-finished nuclear fuel plant at the Savannah River Site.

Plutonium settlement spending bill heads to S.C. Senate, By Colin Demarest cdemarest@aikenstandard.com, Feb 9, 2022

A bill divvying up money South Carolina secured from the federal government for its failure to remove plutonium from the Savannah River Site is now headed to the Senate, after a finance panel wholeheartedly endorsed the measure Tuesday.

As drafted, the legislation favors for payout the counties that make up the Department of Energy reservation, established decades ago amid the Cold War, while also supporting places and projects farther afield.

Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale counties would be given a total $341 million, the majority of which – some $206 million – would go to Aiken County endeavors, specifically. So-called “perimeter counties,” including Edgefield, Orangeburg and Hampton, would share $52 million. An additional $131 million would be spread statewide.

“The rock in the pond is what we’re dealing with, where the rock hits between Aiken and Barnwell counties and then that ripples from there,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Harvey Peeler, a Gaffney Republican. “The counties that were impacted the most, of course, were the closest, then the perimeter counties. But then, every county in the state had a taste.”

…………………    Sen. Tom Young, a member of the state Finance Committee, expects Senate action on the standalone bill next week. The Aiken Republican has played an instrumental role in Statehouse affairs related to the Savannah River Site settlement, and was excited by Tuesday’s development.

The Senate Finance plan is a big win for our region,” Young said Wednesday. “Since 2015, our county’s legislative delegation has worked to address the federal government’s failure to remove the stored plutonium and the failure to fulfill the” promise of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, a never-finished nuclear fuel plant at the Savannah River Site.

South Carolina received its plutonium check in 2020, after a deal with the Energy Department was unveiled at a ceremony in Columbia. The sum – the state’s single largest legal settlement, as Attorney General Alan Wilson has said – was the culmination of years of litigation and negotiation. But more work remains, officials suggested this week……  https://www.postandcourier.com/aikenstandard/news/politics/plutonium-settlement-spending-bill-heads-to-s-c-senate/article_396d6de8-89c2-11ec-bc28-e73f46f41303.html

February 14, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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