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Energy Dept. discusses Savannah River Site funding

GRANITEVILLE (AP) — U.S. Department of Energy officials are participating in a public discussion on the financial future of the Savannah River Site.

Organizers say representatives are expected to talk at a meeting in Graniteville on Thursday about work that’s currently underway at the former nuclear bomb plant.

They’ll also take a look toward the site’s seemingly uncertain future.

The Obama administration’s budget proposal puts the multibillion dollar mixed-oxide fuel program at the Savannah River Site on “cold standby,” which some say could result in hundreds of job losses and millions of dollars in fines.

The project is billions over budget and years behind schedule. It would use weapons-grade plutonium to produce fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

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