Japanese plutonium arrives at SRS, despite Haley’s objections

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A shipment of plutonium from Japan has arrived at a South Carolina nuclear site, despite Gov. Nikki Haley’s objections.

The National Nuclear Security Administration confirmed Monday that 331 kilograms of plutonium had arrived at the Savannah River Site. A shipment of highly enriched uranium has also been transferred to the Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Haley has long spoken out against the storage of spent nuclear materials in South Carolina. Earlier this year, she demanded that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stop or reroute the shipment.

In March, she claimed victory when Moniz told her 6 metric tons of plutonium stored at the site would ultimately be sent to a New Mexico facility. The shipment that arrived Monday is part of that amount.

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