Navy to allow reactor through Chas. Naval Base en route to Barnwell Co. - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Navy to allow reactor through Chas. Naval Base en route to Barnwell Co.

(Charleston-AP) Jan. 22, 2004 - The US Navy says it will allow an old nuclear reactor from California to pass through the old Charleston Naval Base en route to a disposal site in Barnwell County.

The Navy has agreed that Charleston Marine Manufacturing Corporation may handle the 668 ton reactor.

The plan is to ship the reactor by barge from California about 11,000 miles around the southern tip of South America to Charleston. The trip is expected to take about three months. A special train will take the reactor about 90 miles from Charleston to Barnwell.

There are new complications with the plan. An Argentine judge last week banned the reactor from passing within 200 miles of that country's coastline. Chile also has a law banning nuclear shipments within 200 miles of its coast.

posted 10:53am by Chris Rees

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