Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Nuclear

Some Want SC to Import Other States' Nuclear Waste

by Andy Hollis

Since 1971, nuclear waste has been leaking from unlined pits in Barnwell, SC, contaminating ground water as well as a nearby creek. One of the radioactive pollutants, tritium, exceeds safe drinking-water standards, and in some areas tritium levels are rising. Given this legacy of contamination, many South Carolinians question the appropriateness of a new effort to bring the nation’s spent nuclear fuel to the Aiken area.
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