Another nuclear waste site could soon open in South Carolina.
According to The State newspaper, the Spent Fuel Reprocessing Group is seeking approval from the federal government to open a disposal area near Barnwell and the Savannah River Site.
The disposal site would store spent fuel from South Carolina’s four nuclear power plants, which is currently stored on-site of those reactors. SFRG would use the location as interim disposal site classified by the federal government that would hold the nuclear waste until officials can decide what should be done with it permanently.
The site would be near the Barnwell low-level waste dump site, environmentalists said. That dump has been used for decades to store non-radioactive, but contaminated, waste from power plants across the country. These are gloves or other articles of clothing, for instance, that were used while working in potentially radioactive areas.
Radioactive material from around the country and world is already stored at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County. Several environmental groups this week said they will fight any effort to create what they called an atomic waste dumping ground.