Some radioactive Savannah River Site waste headed to Texas

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FILE–In this July 9, 2014, file photo, a sign warns of radioactivity near a wind direction flag indicator at the “C” tank farm on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Monday, June 20, 2016, issued a list of demands to the U.S. Department of Energy and its […]

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to send a few gallons of radioactive wastewater from a South Carolina nuclear reservation to Texas, where it will be treated and disposed.

The Aiken Standard reports the move will expedite the cleanup of nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site operated by the Department of Energy.

Approximately eight gallons of the wastewater will be collected over two weeks and then shipped to a western Texas facility in several batches. The wastewater is the byproduct of normal operations at the Defense Waste Processing Facility.

Government documents state the disposal of the waste poses minimal risks to human and environmental health.

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