COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley says the federal government has agreed to remove some of the plutonium being stored in South Carolina.
Haley’s office tells The Associated Press that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told her during a call Tuesday night that 6 metric tons of plutonium currently at the Savannah River Site will ultimately be stored at a facility in New Mexico that should be operational by the end of this year.
Haley has for years spoken out against the storage of plutonium at the South Carolina complex and called the deal a win. But she also pointed out her continuing lawsuit against the Department of Energy over an unfinished project to process weapons grade plutonium also stored at the site into commercial reactor fuel.
Energy officials didn’t immediately return a message.