Defense Plutonium removed from South Carolina six months ahead of schedule
WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has fulfilled a court order to remove one metric ton of defense plutonium from South Carolina. The removal was completed nearly six months ahead of schedule.
In December 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered DOE to remove one metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from the state by Jan. 1, 2020.
“South Carolina has played a pivotal role in our Nation’s nuclear security for over 70 years and we are committed to protecting the health, safety, and security of the public as we conduct our important national security missions,” said Lisa E.