Ex-Energy Secretary Richardson: Keep MOX project going

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

In a letter dated Aug. 21 to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Richardson says the mixed-oxide fuel project under construction at the Savannah River Site is the best way to fulfill an agreement with Russia.

Richardson was secretary when the two countries agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. Officials say that amount is equal to 17,000 warheads.

The project known as MOX is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. But Richardson says several reports proposing an alternative method to dealing with the plutonium were "made-to-order" by opponents of the project.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics



    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast