We can get behind the idea of producing nuclear bomb cores at the Savannah River Site if that mission is tied to moving more plutonium out of South Carolina. The state unfairly has been stuck with 11.5 metric tons of the radioactive material since the demise of SRS’s mixed-oxide project for turning surplus plutonium into nuclear fuel. The new mission would breathe life into SRS at a time when it needs it and sustain up to 2,000 jobs for decades. Over time, the finished cores are supposed to be moved to the Pantex bomb plant northeast of Amarillo, Texas, where they would be stockpiled or placed into weapons.
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