South Carolina US Rep. Joe Wilson said he’s still working to prevent the shutdown of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication (MOX) facility in Aiken County, even as layoffs continue and a federal appeals court dealt the project’s supporters a huge setback this week.
The U.S. Department of Energy in October announced it was stopping construction on the MOX fabrication facility, which would have converts weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors. A federal appeals court ruled the federal government could continue its shutdown of the site while the state of South Carolina sued on behalf of the site’s employees. That same appeals court ruled against the lawsuit on Monday.
While announcing his legislative priorities this week, Wilson said the door is not closed on the MOX facility, although he did not outline a specific idea to save it.
“To me, it’s not,” he told reporters in Columbia. “It’s 70 percent completed. The government has not provided a termination plan. I feel, really, kinship for the people who have received termination warning notices.” [Read more…]