Plutonium from Japan Arrived in South Carolina, Trucked to the Savannah River Site
In spite of objections from Governor Nikki Haley, a shipment of deadly plutonium which is used as an ingredient in nuclear weapons arrived in South Carolina. The shipment from Japan which was carried in trucks to the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken for storage will make the world safer says the government officials. It will be in safe hands and will prevent radioactive material being available to terrorists and rogue states.
However, the move was not welcome by the anti nuclear activists. The arrival of the plutonium was confirmed by the National Nuclear Security Administration without giving too many specifics.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the shipment that arrived in South Carolina is part of an arrangement which will bring almost one ton of plutonium from the Pacific Rim, Europe and North America. There after the plutonium will be processed at SRS and finally sent to New Mexico, to a disposal site.
Officials said that the plutonium from Japan will be a part of the six metric tons which the government plans to send from SRS to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant close to Carlsbad, New Mexico.
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