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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:26 AM

Atomic bomb factory could produce more than 1,000 jobs for South Carolina. But how safe is it?

Anti-nuclear activists fired away Friday at what they said is a dangerous and little known plan to produce deadly atomic weapons components at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

The federal government has proposed a multibillion dollar plutonium pit factory that could create as many as 1,700 jobs as part of an effort to make fresh plutonium, a major ingredient in atomic bombs.

But the proposed factory is raising concerns about its risk to the environment and the public, in addition to how it would be viewed by world leaders. Critics say the government may use the pits in a new type of nuclear weapon, instead of only replenishing the existing stockpile with fresh plutonium.

Savannah River Site Watch, a nuclear watchdog organization that tracks SRS, held a public meeting Friday night in Aiken County to brief people on the government’s plan at SRS, a 310-square-mile complex in western South Carolina.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article231568153.html

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Reply Atomic bomb factory could produce more than 1,000 jobs for South Carolina. But how safe is it? (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 16 OP
shraby Jun 16 #1
dewsgirl Jun 16 #2
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:58 AM

1. Where's that place in Washington state that has a major cleanup they can't seem

to get done? It's a mess beyond comprehension.
I would venture to guess South Carolina will end up with one too.

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Response to shraby (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:58 AM

2. I believe its the Hanford site.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:20 AM

4. That's correct!

Now they want a do-over in another state.

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Response to shraby (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:14 PM

5. With cut regulations, sounds great.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:02 AM

3. With them cutting regulations left and right, what could go wrong?

Yikes those people need to watch Silkwood and possibly Chernobyl. I imagine many don't understand the invisible dangers they would be around without proper regulations.

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