Japanese plutonium arrives in SC, despite Haley’s objections

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, spent nuclear fuel rods are stored in a storage pool at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, run by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokasho village in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium _ and U.S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse. Japan plans to open as early as next spring a plant that could reprocess enough spent reactor fuel to make as many as 1,000 nuclear bombs a year. The plutonium that is produced is supposed to be for generating electricity, but Japan already has tons on hand and no use for it, with its reactors at a virtual halt following the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

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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