Startup of second nuclear facility begins at Savannah River Site - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Startup of second nuclear facility begins at Savannah River Site

(Aiken-AP) July 10, 2006 - Federal officials announced Monday that operations have begun at a second facility at the Savannah River Site to immobilize nuclear waste in glass logs.

The first glass waste storage building used for the last decade is nearing capacity.

The US Department of Energy says the new facility has the capacity to store over two-thousand canisters and shouldn't fill until 2015.

There are roughly 36 million gallons of radioactive waste at SRS left over from Cold War-era bomb making.

About 34 million gallons of the waste stored in the tanks is made up of salt waste, which the agency considers low-activity and can be left behind at the site.

The high-level radioactive waste is converted into the glass logs.

Posted 9:44pm by Graeme Moore

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