Uranium shipments

The Savannah River Site near Aiken has shipped the last depleted uranium metal to Utah. The move clears the way for demolition of six buildings in the "M" area of the old nuclear weapons complex.

Officials stopped making the target materials for the Savannah River Site's five reactors more than ten years ago. More than 2,600 metric tons of depleted uranium had been stored in warehouses at the complex. Officials shipped 145 truckloads of material to a disposal site in Utah.

Project manager Gay Fussell says there were no security incidents, no injuries and no contamination events during the shipments, which started in March. Plans call for the demolition of the six buildings to be completed by March. Officials also plan to ship drums of depleted uranium oxide to Utah.

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