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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stimulus spending for S.C. nuclear site reaches $1B, officials say

U.S. Department of Energy and provided by US/DOE/Savannah River with permission
After months of work, the cleanup of an aging ash basin in Savannah River Site’s P Area is nearing completion. Stimulus dollars are being used to clean up and permanently close both P and R reactors, once used to make nuclear weapons materials. 

The Department of Energy has spent $1 billion in stimulus funds for cleaning up the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, SRS officials said. The funds were allocated to speed up cleanup projects while also generating about 3,000 jobs. The remaining $600 million will mostly be spent by autumn, when the stimulus ends, said Jim Giusti, a spokesman for the department. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)

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