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SC Ports Authority questioning ability to handle nuclear fuel reactor

(Charleston-AP) Nov. 12, 2002 - The State Ports Authority is questioning the ability of a private company to handle an old nuclear fuel reactor from California to be shipped to the Barnwell low-level nuclear site for disposal.

Southern California Edison says it has already awarded a contract to Charleston International Ports and could ship the reactor through Charleston as soon as March. The State Ports Authority says negotiations continue.

The agency's chief financial officer, Peter Hughes, says movement of an old nuclear reactor is a uniquely dangerous and complex operation with significant security issues. Hughes says the Ports Authority is unable to consent to Charleston International Ports supervising the movement.

Duane Grantham with Charleston International Ports says the shipment will be handled with appropriate caution.

posted 12:42pm by Chris Rees

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