SC congressmen say SRS has money for fuel project

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Updated: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:16:32 EST

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley and members of South Carolina's congressional delegation say federal legislators have secured enough money to make sure a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site goes forward.

U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott said Monday that congressional budgets have the money to keep the mixed oxide fuel project from being suspended.

Construction began on the plant in 2007 and it is part of an agreement with Russia to turn nuclear weapons into reactor fuel.

President Barack Obama's administration had said it wanted to put the project on hold, citing years of cost overruns and delays. South Carolina sued, saying money meant to build the plant couldn't shut it down.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that construction will continue at least into fall.

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